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ERIC Number: ED547377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 113
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-4346-5
Learning 21st Century Skills: Implementation of Programs and Practices
Hillman, Nadia
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The purpose of this study was to examine the programs, practices, and culture of a school that claims to be meeting the demands of globalization. A qualitative case study of an elementary school was used to extract a comprehensive description of the instructional practice, professional life, and perceived impact on the culture of a school that has embraced 21st century skills. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills framework was used as a descriptor of those skills that show promise for preparing today's students for the flexible and global demands of the future job market. Findings related to the instructional practice included a global focused curriculum, inquiry-based instruction, students meeting academic standards, and wide use of technology. Findings related to professional life included a clearly articulated vision with leadership and collaboration around curricular development. Findings related to perceived impact of 21st century skills on the school's culture included student behavior that models that which will be necessary for success in the 21st century, teacher learning and collaboration around curriculum development, and significant parent support aligned with the vision of the school. The composite of these findings suggested five themes that shed light on best practice for implementing 21st century learning at a school: (1) a clearly articulated vision for global learning and 21st century skills, (2) fidelity of vision with school practice and community support, (3) internal capacity for developing curriculum, (4) school culture that is centered on both student and adult learning, (5) a dual focus on core academic achievement and to 21st century skills. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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