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Week 4

 21st Century Skills

Living in today fast track ICT era one need to really have a grasp on the their surrounding in achieving targeted goals or objectives in their lives.

Definitions :

These skills have been adopted in various part of knowledge to sharpen up the community mainly in education as these would help a lot to the nation building. Within learning itself these skills are divided into various categories as there have become essential and for some part as a crucial part to develop one learning. Such categories are :

    1. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
    2. Creativity & Innovation
    3. Communication & Collaboration
    4. Visual Literacy
    5. Scientific & Numerical Literacy
    6. Cross-Disciplinary Thinking
    7. Basic Literacy

Now just have a quick go on the points shall we.


a) Reason Effectively

  • Use various types of reasoning (e.g., inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation

b) Use Systems Thinking

  • Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems

c) Make Judgments and Decisions

  • Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs
  • Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view
  • Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments
  • Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis
  • Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes

d) Solve Problems

  • Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways
  • Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions

 --------------- 2. CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION ---------------

a) Think Creatively

  • Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze, and evaluate ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
  • Demonstrate imagination and curiosity

b) Work Creatively with Others

  • Develop, implement, and communicate new ideas to others effectively
  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives
  • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
  • View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes

c) Implement Innovations

  • Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur


a) Communicate Clearly

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions
  • Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact

b) Collaborate with Others

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
  • Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member

------------------------- 4. VISUAL LITERACY ------------------------

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret, recognize, appreciate, and understand information presented through visible actions, objects and symbols, natural or man-made


  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the quality of scientific and numerical information on the basis of its sources and the methods used to generate it
  • Demonstrate the capacity to pose and evaluate scientific arguments based on evidence and to apply conclusions from such arguments appropriately
  • Demonstrate ability to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts

------------- 6. CROSS-DISCIPLINARY THINKING ------------

  • Apply knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and skills across disciplines in appropriate and effective ways

-------------------------- 7. BASIC LITERACY -------------------------

  • Demonstrate the ability to use language to read, write, listen, and speak

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