Public Talk - What’s the big deal with 21st century skills?

Thursday 02 March 2017 -
18:00 to 19:00

21st century skills such as problem-solving, communication and emotional intelligence are hot buzzwords both in education and industry at the moment. Employers complain that students aren’t prepared for the workplace and ministries of education globally are scrambling to create an educational context more tied to the real world. Many educators find themselves stuck in between the idealistic slogan of 21st century skills and the realities of the current education system; Causing them to ask themselves…

Are 21st century skills just the latest trend in education?

Or is there a real need to prepare students in a different way for the realities of the current and future global economy?

And finally, what does that mean for me in my classroom?

This talk will:

  • explore the genesis of 21st century skills
  • clarify the ambiguity around 21st century skills with clear definitions
  • look at how 21st century ways of thinking, ways of working, tools for working and living in the world
  • explore the relevance of 21st century skills in education

This Public talk is presented by the Teacher Development Centre, British Council Singapore.