Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Preparing students for the future—21st century skills
by Velez, Alejandra, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2012, 120; 3514336
Abstract (Summary)

The 21st century economy is driven by information and communication technologies (ICT). This change has made innovation, manufacturing and production of products and services, rather than manufacturing of material goods, the driving force of economies of leading countries (Wagner, 2008). Due to this shift, today’s 21st century society and work sphere require individuals to have 21st century skills—communication, innovation, adaptability, and higher order thinking skills. Even though some schools have responded to these changes and demands by embracing globalization, it is unclear what programs and practices these 21st century schools are implementing to prepare students to be global citizens and employees. The purpose of this study was to identify the programs and practices at a charter middle school that promote students’ acquisition of 21st century skills and knowledge.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gothold, Stuart
Commitee: Garcia, Pedro, Hocevar, Dennis
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education(Leadership)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 73/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Higher education
Keywords: 21st century learning, 21st century skills, Global citizens, Higher order thinking skills, Information communication technologies, Innovation
Publication Number: 3514336
ISBN: 978-1-267-45118-7
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