Part One—Learning Past and Future

It happened quietly, without fanfare or fireworks. In 1991, the total money spent on Industrial Age goods in the United States was exceeded for the first time in history by the amount spent on information and communications technologies…

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

The Authors

Prologue: The Search for Innovative Learning

Introduction: Learning to Innovate, Innovating Learning

  • The Four Question Exercise
  • About This Book
  • A Map of the Book

Part One: What Is 21st Century Learning?

1 Learning Past and Future

  • Learning a Living: The Future of Work and Careers
  • Learning Through Time

2 The Perfect Learning Storm: Four Converging Forces

  • Knowledge Work
  • Thinking Tools
  • Digital Lifestyles
  • Learning Research
  • The Forces of Resistance
  • The Turning of Learning: Toward a New Balance
  • The Top 21st Century Challenge

Part Two: What Are 21st Century Skills?

3 Learning and Innovation Skills: Learning to Create Together

  • The Knowledge-and-Skills Rainbow
  • Learning to Learn and Innovate
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation

4 Digital Literacy Skills: Info-Savvy, Media-Fluent, Tech-Tuned

  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • ICT Literacy

5 Career and Life Skills: Work-Ready, Prepared for Life

  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Interaction
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

Part Three: 21st Century Learning in Practice

6 21st Century Learning and Teaching

  • Learning P’s and Q&rsquo: Problems and Questions
  • Roads to Answers and Solutions: Science and Engineering

7 Powerful Learning: Proven Practices, Researched Results

  • The 21st Century Project Learning Bicycle
  • Creativity Through Projects
  • Evidence That Project Learning Works
  • Obstacles to Collaborative Inquiry and Design Learning

8 Retooling Schooling: Reshaping Support Systems

  • Shifting Systems in Sync
  • Support Systems
  • From Skills to Expertise: Future Learning Frameworks

9 Conclusion: Learning for Life—Building a Better World

Appendix A Resources

  • 21st Century Skills Example Videos DVD
  • Resources from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
  • Selected Online Resources

Appendix B About the Partnership for 21st Century Skills

  • What Is P21?
  • What Does P21 Do?
  • How the P21 Learning Framework Came into Being

Appendix C 3Rs · 7Cs = 21st Century Learning





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