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21st century learning

A new movement in America called 21st century skills, started by the Partnershp for 21st Century Skills,is about raising an awareness into the critical need for education to teach and equip our young people with skills needed in this day and age.

Skills such as: critical thinking, technological, innovation, cross-disciplinary, problem-solving, communication and collaboration... for a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected and complex.

The Partnership has devised a framework, or more, a vision for 21st century learning:

Core subjects and 21st century themes:
Core subjects include English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics.
21st century interdisciplinary themes include global awareness, financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy, civic literacy and environmental literacy.

Learning and innovation skills:
Creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Information, media and technology skills:
Today, we live in a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. Effective citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thining skills, such as:information literacy, media literacy and ICT (information, communications and technology) literacy.

Life and career skills:
Today's life and work environments require far more thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills, such as: flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, social and cross-cultural skills, productivity and accountability, leadership and responsibility.

The P21 website provides tools and resources like this video here called Above and Beyond:

This video illustrates some of P21's key ideas of what is possible when communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity is utilised in school and how it can transform learning opportunities for children at school.

For more information see the book by James Bellanca and Ron Brandt: 21st century skills: Rethinking How Students Learn.


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