21st Century skills flourish in innovative practice – A world-wide research perspective

Education and political leaders in countries around the world have recognized the imperative to prepare their youth for the 21st century, a goal that many believe requires the fundamental transformation of educational opportunities together with the integration of technology into teaching and learning. But educational change is complex. It takes place within an ecosystem of influences that range from national policies, programs, and supports to local community contexts and school-specific professional cultures.

Generally, educational research has been limited in its application in the classroom because a theory has been proposed for testing and measuring under controlled conditions and narrow variables.  In this case,  Innovative Teaching and Learning Research identified and examined existing innovative practices of teachers in classrooms from a range of 7 developing countries and gathered different types of data.  4038 teachers were interviewed, observations were made in classrooms and exemplary lessons with random work samples were analyzed to determine common themes in learning.  Innovative practices feature three elements 1. Student-centred pedagogy, 2. Extension of learning beyond the classroom, and 3. ICT integration.  The 7 21st Century learning competencies are required to engage learning in each of the three elements.

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