Key Skills for the 21st Century: an evidence-based review

The purpose of this report is to provide a review of the most up-to-date research, policies and thinking related to the topic of key skills for schooling in the 21st century. It takes a critical look at evidence and action around these skills, drawing on published and peer-reviewed research, as well as ‘grey’ literature such as policy, think-tank, and government reports. It offers a state-of-the-art overview of research and implementation of key skills and addresses related issues across three chapters.  

The first chapter identifies the skills considered as essential for success in the 21st century and discusses the relevant skills individually.

The second chapter then outlines the approaches taken by different jurisdictions in adopting and incorporating key skills into their school system, including in policy documents, curricula, teacher standards, and teaching and learning practices.  

The third chapter examines the different approaches to the assessment of these key skills.

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