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ERIC Number: EJ855079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
21st Century Skills: The Challenges Ahead
Rotherham, Andrew J.; Willingham, Daniel
Educational Leadership, v67 n1 p16-21 Sep 2009
The skills that students need for the 21st century are not really new, assert Rotherham and Willingham. Critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy, and global awareness have been important to human progress throughout history, at least among the elites in different societies. What is new is the extent to which individual and collective success now depends on all students having such skills. Twenty-first century skills advocates, say the authors, often underestimate the magnitude of the challenge of teaching these skills in the context of meaningful content. For the 21st century skills movement to improve schools, major changes will be necessary in curriculum, teacher training, and assessment.
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Language: English
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