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ERIC Number: EJ1127608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
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ISSN: ISSN-2159-0281
Teaching Generation TechX with the 4Cs: Using Technology to Integrate 21st Century Skills
Levin-Goldberg, Jennifer
Journal of Instructional Research, v1 p59-66 2012
As we journey further into the 21st century, apprehensions emerge among business leaders in American markets. These concerns do not go unwarranted or unnoticed. Contemporary data portrays a despondent picture regarding new graduate preparedness for the global workforce. The findings reveal that employers feel the new entrants are deficient in the 21st century skills imperative for current market progress and profit. The critical 21st century skills employers demand are critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation--the 4Cs. The challenge is: How do educators better prepare students for 21st century skills utilizing technology as the conduit? This paper highlights three strategies (amendable to immediate, low cost, interdisciplinary implementation) that educators could utilize to foster student preparedness for the 21st century workforce. Strategies include: (a) becoming cognizant and literate in Web 2.0 tools; (b) assigning real world problems and issues for students to resolve using technology; and (c) creating collaborative problem-based learning experiences utilizing the resources available via the Web. Accurately employing these pedagogical methods may reclaim American academic and labor market resplendence.
Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. 3300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85017. Tel: 602-639-6729; e-mail: cirt@gcu.edu; Web site: http://www.instructionalresearch.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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