TABLE 2-2 Clusters of 21st Century Competencies

Cluster Terms Used for 21st Century Skills O*NET Skills Main Ability/ Personality Factor
COGNITIVE COMPETENCIES images/nec-1-1.png Cognitive Processes and Strategies images/nec-1-2.png Critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, reasoning/argumentation, interpretation, decision making, adaptive learning, executive function System skills, process skills, complex problem-solving skills Main ability factor: fluid intelligence (Gf)
Knowledge images/nec-1-3.png Information literacy (research using evidence and recognizing bias in sources); information and communications technology literacy; oral and written communication; active listening Content skills Main ability factor: crystallized intelligence (Gc)
Creativity images/nec-1-4.png Creativity, innovation Complex problem-solving skills (idea generation) Main ability factor: general retrieval ability (Gr)

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