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Chapter: Appendix A: 21st Century Skills and Competencies Included in the OECD Survey

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: 21st Century Skills and Competencies Included in the OECD Survey." National Research Council. 2012. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13398.
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Appendix A


21st Century Skills and Competencies Included in the OECD Survey

  1. Creativity/innovation
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Problem solving
  4. Decision making
  5. Communication
  6. Collaboration
  7. Information literacy
  8. Research and inquiry
  9. Media literacy
  10. Digital citizenship
  11. Information and communications technology operations and concepts
  12. Flexibility and adaptability
  13. Initiative and self-direction
  14. Productivity
  15. Leadership and responsibility
  16. Other (please specify)



 SOURCE: Adapted from Ananiadou and Claro (2009).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: 21st Century Skills and Competencies Included in the OECD Survey." National Research Council. 2012. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13398.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: 21st Century Skills and Competencies Included in the OECD Survey." National Research Council. 2012. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13398.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: 21st Century Skills and Competencies Included in the OECD Survey." National Research Council. 2012. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13398.
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Americans have long recognized that investments in public education contribute to the common good, enhancing national prosperity and supporting stable families, neighborhoods, and communities. Education is even more critical today, in the face of economic, environmental, and social challenges. Today's children can meet future challenges if their schooling and informal learning activities prepare them for adult roles as citizens, employees, managers, parents, volunteers, and entrepreneurs. To achieve their full potential as adults, young people need to develop a range of skills and knowledge that facilitate mastery and application of English, mathematics, and other school subjects. At the same time, business and political leaders are increasingly asking schools to develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management - often referred to as "21st century skills."

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes this important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking. These labels include both cognitive and non-cognitive skills- such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, effective communication, motivation, persistence, and learning to learn. 21st century skills also include creativity, innovation, and ethics that are important to later success and may be developed in formal or informal learning environments.

This report also describes how these skills relate to each other and to more traditional academic skills and content in the key disciplines of reading, mathematics, and science. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century summarizes the findings of the research that investigates the importance of such skills to success in education, work, and other areas of adult responsibility and that demonstrates the importance of developing these skills in K-16 education. In this report, features related to learning these skills are identified, which include teacher professional development, curriculum, assessment, after-school and out-of-school programs, and informal learning centers such as exhibits and museums.

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