Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century
Educational Goals, Policies, and Curricula from Six Nations
Edited by Fernando M. Reimers and Connie K. Chung
paper, 304 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2016
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cloth, 304 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2016
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This book describes how different nations have defined the core competencies and skills that young people will need in order to thrive in the twenty-first-century, and how those nations have fashioned educational policies and curricula meant to promote those skills. The book examines six countries—Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, and the United States—exploring how each one defines, supports, and cultivates those competencies that students will need in order to succeed in the current century.
Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century appears at a time of heightened attention to comparative studies of national education systems, and to international student assessments such as those that have come out of PISA (the Program for International Student Assessment), led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. This book’s crucial contribution to the burgeoning field of international education arises out of its special attention to first principles—and thus to first questions: As Reimers and Chung explain, “much can be gained by an explicit investigation of the intended purposes of education, in what they attempt to teach students, and in the related questions of why those purposes and how they are achieved.”
These questions are crucial to education practice and reform at a time when educators (and the students they serve) face unique, pressing challenges. The book’s detailed attention to such questions signals its indispensable value for policy makers, scholars, and education leaders today.
What should be the goals of education in the twenty-first century? By surveying the ways that six nations have sought to identify and develop the competencies necessary for success, this volume offers a thoughtful, grounded, and provocative response to that essential question. It serves as an indispensable resource for all those working to provide a relevant and high-quality education to children around the globe.
— James E. Ryan, dean and Charles William Eliot Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
If education policy makers around the world do one thing in the next twelve months, it should be to read this book! Reimers and Chung have provided a welcome dose of reality into the conversation about how to prepare our students for the challenges of the twenty-first century.
— Ken Kay, CEO, EdLeader21
What Reimers and Chung have done is unparalleled: a comparative study of how education systems have approached the challenge of twenty-first-century competencies. The result will be invaluable to the global education community in thinking about how to prepare learners for a complex and ever-changing world.
— Gwang-Jo Kim, director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
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