It´s exciting to believe that we live in times so revolutionary and demanding from teachers and learners new and different abilities. But in fact, the skills students need in the 21st century are not new. Critical thinking and problem solving have been components of human progress from the development of early tools, to land and see exploration. What is actually new is the extent to which changes in our economy and the world mean that collective and individual success depends on having such skills.
The challenge we face is to make the distinction between skills that are novel and skills that must be taught more globally and effectively. This will lead to make policies for different education components. Schools must be more deliberate about teaching critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving to all students.
What will it take to ensure that all students, rather than just a tuition fee, have access to a rich education that intentionally helps them learn these skills?. The effort requires the combination of three primary components. First, educators must guarantee that the instructional program, is complete and that content is not shortchanged for an ephemeral pursuit of skills. Second, schools need to reflect and reprogram how they think about human capital in education, particularly how teachers are trained. Finally, we need new tools and processes for assessments that can measure richer learning.
Skills and knowledge are not separated. Knowledge helps us clear up and understand the underlying structure of a problem. It is inaccurate to conceive of logical thinking as a separate skill that ca be applied across a variety of situations. We must plan to teach and develop skills in the context of particular content knowledge and to threat both as equally important. In addition, education leaders must be realistic about which skills are teachable.
Teaching believes and learner´s results are also not separated. Teachers have the responsibility of guarding their creativity and motivation towards their own teaching and learners. This responsibility is the cornerstone for a change. Caring and supporting student´s motivation, production and enjoyment with their own language learning is mandatory. Teachers and learners should challenge themselves to enhance their own learning, their own growth as human beings who are living in an international village called the World.
Advocates of 21st century skills favor student-centered methods, for example, problem based learning and project based learning, which allow students to collaborate, work on authentic problems, and engage with the community. These approaches are widely acclaimed and can be found in almost any text book, teachers must know about them and believe they are effective.
Part of the 21st century skills movements plan in the call for greater collaboration among teachers. Indeed, we waste a valuable resource when we don’t give teachers time to share their experiences, their findings, their questions. That is why we provide the time and space in this Congress. We strongly believe that collaborations about teachers and researchers will open the path for success. Enjoy our congress.
Abstracts y Biodatas Congress 2015