IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Skills for the 21st century: Implications for education

  • Allen Jim
  • Velden Rolf van der

    (ROA rm)

The world is changing rapidly in a lot of ways, but the dominant change is in ICT.Changing technology has far-reaching implications for how we act and interact at work,in education, in civic life and at home. Furthermore, this change is in large part the drivingforce behind many of the other major changes, such as globalization and flexibilizationThese changes have led many scholars to point to a new set of skills – the so-called21st century skills – that are thought to be essential for people’s ability to functionand participate fully in today’s world. While we do not dispute the importance of these21st century skills, we do caution against blindly pursuing these skills and neglectingother more traditional classes of skill, such as basic skills (reading and math) as well asspecialized knowledge and abilities – the so-called specific skills.Educational policy and practice should proceed from the insight that skills of individualhuman beings form a complete interdependent package of all these three kinds ofskills: basic skills, specific skills and 21st century skills. It is far more fruitful to view 21stcentury skills in relation to the basic skills that underlie them and the specific skills thatthey combine with in concrete purposive action.In this essay we present a framework for the evaluation of what we know about ourcurrent situation in terms of various kinds of skills and learning which alerts us to gapsin our knowledge that need to be filled for future policy purposes. It also performs asimilar function when looking at the challenges facing education and what educationcan do to meet these challenges.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL: http://digitalarchive.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fedora/objects/guid:99b3046c-722d-4c29-878e-52b0ebee50f4/datastreams/ASSET1/content
Our checks indicate that this address may not be valid because: 401 Unauthorized. If this is indeed the case, please notify (Charles Bollen)


Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) in its series ROA Research Memorandum with number 011.

as
in new window

Length:
Date of creation: 2012
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:unm:umaror:2012011
Contact details of provider: Postal: P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Phone: 043-3883647
Fax: 043-3210999
Web page: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/
Email:


More information through EDIRC

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

as in new window
  1. William Thorn, 2009. "International Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Surveys in the OECD Region," OECD Education Working Papers 26, OECD Publishing.
  2. Eric Hanushek & Ludger Woessmann, 2010. "The Economics of International Differences in Educational Achievement," Discussion Papers 09-013, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
  3. James Heckman & Flavio Cunha, 2007. "The Technology of Skill Formation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 97(2), pages 31-47, May.
  4. Dronkers, Jaap, 2010. "Positieve maar ook negatieve effecten van etnische diversiteit in scholen op onderwijsprestaties? Een empirische toets met internationale PISA-data
    [Positive but also negative effects of ethnic div
    ," MPRA Paper 23824, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Gary S. Becker, 1962. "Investment in Human Capital: A Theoretical Analysis," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 70, pages 9.
  6. Coenen Johan & Ramaekers Ger & Velden Rolf van der, 2012. "De waarde van MBO-4 opleidingen op de arbeidsmarkt," ROA Report 003, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
  7. Fouarge Didier & Grip Andries de, 2011. "Depreciatie van menselijk kapitaal," ROA Report 001, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:unm:umaror:2012011. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Charles Bollen)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.