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Gaining a global advantage: Teaching and assessing 21st century skills #C21CA
28 Feb 2013
Broadcast from London

Equipping students
with effective tools and strategies that help them to think critically and reason logically is essential preparation to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Students need these skills sets to enable them to compete with their contemporaries, located all over the world, to secure places in higher education and employment.

Concepts of 21st century skills vary but most include critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, collaboration, information literacy, and life skills. Moreover, self-directed study skills, intellectual curiosity, and independent research skills are also valued highly in employment and higher education courses around the world.

Many people acknowledge the benefits of so called '21st century skills' but are all students getting equal access to them and are they being properly assessed and recognised?

As experts in assessment, we are hosting a debate to evaluate what skills students are currently being taught and whether they are being properly assessed and recognised. It will explore how skills can be incorporated into curricula and properly assessed, as well as addressing the following points:

What is the impact of 21st century skills in international contexts? What's being done in the classroom today? Are the needs of industry and higher education really being met?

Click here to view  Irenka Suto paper

Teaching and Assessing 21st century skills: Session 1
Introduction by Chair;
Bene’t Steinberg, Group Director of Public Affairs, Cambridge Assessment;
‘21st century skills: Ancient, ubiquitous, enigmatic?’;
Irenka Suto, Principal Research Officer, Cambridge Assessment;
The value of international comparisons in assessing 21st century skills: Panel discussion and audience debate;
Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy, OECD (Live videolink from Paris);
Paul Andrews at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge;
Professor Richard Kimbell, Emeritus Professor of Technology Education, Goldsmiths University of London;
Niel McLean, Head of Centre, Futurelab Research, National Foundation for Educational Research.

What's on now:
Teaching and Assessing 21st century skills Session 2
Film featuring case studies: The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) in the USA and The Assessment and Teaching of 21st-Century Skills (ATC21S) in Australia;
Assessing 21st century skills: what’s being done in the classroom?‘Viewpoint’ debate;
Darren Northcott, National Official, Education, NASUWT;
Daisy Christodoulou, Chief Executive Officer, The Curriculum Centre
Are your needs being addressed by 21st century skills? Panel discussion;
Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment;
Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford, offering the HE perspective;
Ian Mason, Head of Policy, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
Tom Sidaway, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Delegate and speaker reaction

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