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21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our times

Book Description

The new building blocks for learning in a complex world

This important resource introduces a framework for 21st Century learning that maps out the skills needed to survive and thrive in a complex and connected world. 21st Century content includes the basic core subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic-but also emphasizes global awareness, financial/economic literacy, and health issues. The skills fall into three categories: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills. This book is filled with vignettes, international examples, and classroom samples that help illustrate the framework and provide an exciting view of twenty-first century teaching and learning.

  • Explores the three main categories of 21st Century Skills: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills

  • Addresses timely issues such as the rapid advance of technology and increased economic competition

  • Based on a framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)

The book contains a DVD with video clips of classroom teaching. For more information on the book visit www.21stcenturyskillsbook.com.

Note: The ebook version does not provide access to the companion files.

Table of Contents

  1. Praise
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Figures
  5. List of Tables
  6. Dedication
  7. THE AUTHORS
  8. PROLOGUE
  9. Introduction
    1. The Four Question Exercise
    2. About This Book
    3. A Map of the Book
  10. Epigraph
  11. PART ONE - WHAT IS 21ST CENTURY LEARNING?
    1. Chapter 1 - Learning Past and Future
      1. Learning a Living: The Future of Work and Careers
      2. Learning Through Time
    2. Chapter 2 - The Perfect Learning Storm
      1. Knowledge Work
      2. Thinking Tools
      3. Digital Lifestyles
      4. Learning Research
      5. The Forces of Resistance
      6. The Turning of Learning: Toward a New Balance
      7. The Top 21st Century Challenge
  12. PART TWO - WHAT ARE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS?
    1. Chapter 3 - Learning and Innovation Skills
      1. The Knowledge-and-Skills Rainbow
      2. Learning to Learn and Innovate
      3. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      4. Communication and Collaboration
      5. Creativity and Innovation
    2. Chapter 4 - Digital Literacy Skills
      1. Information Literacy
      2. Media Literacy
      3. ICT Literacy
    3. Chapter 5 - Career and Life Skills
      1. Flexibility and Adaptability
      2. Initiative and Self-Direction
      3. Social and Cross-Cultural Interaction
      4. Productivity and Accountability
      5. Leadership and Responsibility
  13. PART THREE - 21ST CENTURY LEARNING IN PRACTICE
    1. Chapter 6 - 21st Century Learning and Teaching
      1. Learning the P’s and Q’s: Problems and Questions
      2. Roads to Answers and Solutions: Science and Engineering
    2. Chapter 7 - Powerful Learning
      1. The 21st Century Project Learning Bicycle
      2. Creativity Through Projects
      3. Evidence That Project Learning Works
      4. Obstacles to Collaborative Inquiry and Design Learning
    3. Chapter 8 - Retooling Schooling
      1. Shifting Systems in Sync
      2. Support Systems
      3. From Skills to Expertise: Future Learning Frameworks
    4. Chapter 9 - Conclusion
  14. APPENDIX A - Resources
  15. APPENDIX B - About the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
  16. APPENDIX C - 3Rs × 7Cs = 21st Century Learning
  17. Acknowledgements
  18. NOTES
  19. REFERENCES
  20. CREDITS
  21. HOW TO USE THE DVD
  22. INDEX