Teaching and learning 21st century skills: Lessons from the learning sciences

Year: 2012

Author: Saavedra, Anna Rosefsky, Opfer, Darleen

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


Globalization, economic necessity and low civic engagement compound the urgency for students to develop the skills and knowledge they need for success in the 21st century. Despite widespread agreement worldwide that students need skills like critical thinking, problem solving teamwork and creativity, they are difficult to teach and learn. Decades of empirical research about how individuals learn, however, provide valuable insight into how students learn 21st century skills and how pedagogy can address their needs. In our paper, we synthesize these insights into nine lessons and discuss implications of teaching 21st century skills for assessment, teacher training and professional development.