Science Education and 21st Century Skills

“An emerging body of research suggests that a set of broad “21st century skills”–such as adaptability, complex communication skills, and the ability to solve non-routine problems–are valuable across a wide range of jobs in the national economy. …”

“… Engaging students in scientific processes–including talk and argument, modeling and representation, and learning from investigations–builds science proficiency. At the same time, this engagement may develop 21st century skills.”

National Research Council. (2010). Exploring the intersection of science education and 21st century skills: a workshop summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and 21st Century Skills addresses key questions about the overlap between 21st century skills and scientific content and knowledge; explores promising models or approaches for teaching these abilities; and reviews the evidence about the transferability of these skills to real workplace applications.

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