Skills and dispositions

Judging by discussions with colleagues and what keeps popping up on Twitter, many people are busy analysing what skills/competencies/dispositions are required for the students we teach now. I think the following is the best list I’ve come across so far, given that the list was compiled by a global and diverse group of people – “researchers, practitioners and assessment experts”

ATC21S  has grouped “21st-century” skills into four  categories:

  • Ways of thinking. Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning
  • Ways of working. Communication and collaboration
  • Tools for working. Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy
  • Skills for living in the world. Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility

Looking at the list above makes me wonder about the distinction between learning and working. Are ICTs not useful tools for enabling or enhancing learning? Does learning how to learn mean that you are also learning the tools, materials or methods that help us learn too?

It also makes me reflect on the fourth category, which I think is missing from the My-learning diagram. There could be another iteration on its way!


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