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ERIC Number: EJ869049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Questions for the 21st-Century Learner
Brown, Karen
Knowledge Quest, v38 n1 p24-29 Sep-Oct 2009
The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" (2007), with their emphasis on multiple literacies and the social context in which information skills develop, embrace instruction that engages students' critical thinking about the changing communications environment. An inquiry-based approach to learning is advocated, one that places the use of questions in a prominent role in the teaching process. While questions of all types have a useful pedagogical function, essential questions are particularly well suited to the task. Essential questions focus on the development of students' ability to sustain inquiry and critical thinking, which is also at the heart of the skills, dispositions, responsibilities, and self-assessment strategies of the AASL standards. A growing body of literature about essential questions provides a rich resource for librarians, teachers, and educational administrators. This article discusses some of the most significant and unique attributes of these questions as focal points for teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A