Assessing 21st Century Skills: Summary of a Workshop – National Research Council [US] – 2011

Posted on September 22, 2011. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Workforce | Tags: |

Assessing 21st Century Skills: Summary of a Workshop – National Research Council [US] – 2011

Judith Anderson Koenig, Rapporteur

“The routine jobs of yesterday are being replaced by technology and/or shipped off-shore. In their place, job categories that require knowledge management, abstract reasoning, and personal services seem to be growing. The modern workplace requires workers to have broad cognitive and affective skills. Often referred to as “21st century skills,” these skills include being able to solve complex problems, to think critically about tasks, to effectively communicate with people from a variety of different cultures and using a variety of different techniques, to work in collaboration with others, to adapt to rapidly changing environments and conditions for performing tasks, to effectively manage one’s work, and to acquire new skills and information on one’s own.

The National Research Council (NRC) has convened two prior workshops on the topic of 21st century skills. The first, held in 2007, was designed to examine research on the skills required for the 21st century workplace and the extent to which they are meaningfully different from earlier eras and require corresponding changes in educational experiences. The second workshop, held in 2009, was designed to explore demand for these types of skills, consider intersections between science education reform goals and 21st century skills, examine models of high-quality science instruction that may develop the skills, and consider science teacher readiness for 21st century skills. The third workshop was intended to delve more deeply into the topic of assessment. The goal for this workshop was to capitalize on the prior efforts and explore strategies for assessing the five skills identified earlier. The Committee on the Assessment of 21st Century Skills was asked to organize a workshop that reviewed the assessments and related research for each of the five skills identified at the previous workshops, with special attention to recent developments in technology-enabled assessment of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In designing the workshop, the committee collapsed the five skills into three broad clusters as shown below:

Cognitive skills: nonroutine problem solving, critical thinking, systems thinking
Interpersonal skills: complex communication, social skills, team-work, cultural sensitivity, dealing with diversity
Intrapersonal skills: self-management, time management, self-development, self-regulation, adaptability, executive functioning

Assessing 21st Century Skills provides an integrated summary of the presentations and discussions from both parts of the third workshop.”

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UK Department of Health encourages new health innovation and education clusters (HIECS) 11 May 2009

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions | Tags: , |

Monday 11 May 2009 15:16
UK Department of Health (National) -£10m to encourage new health innovation and education clusters (HIECS)

“The Department of Health is inviting applications for partnerships between health, social care, education and business sectors to become Health Innovation and Education Clusters (HIECs) , which will deliver high quality care to patients, it announced today.

The £10million cash injection will fund the cost of setting up these new clusters, which will bring together organisations from across the NHS, higher education, industry and other public and private sector organisations.

The clusters will improve the knowledge and skills of NHS staff, by providing best practice education and training for nurses, doctors, dentists and the full range of professions in all healthcare settings. This in turn will quickly bring the latest innovations in care and treatment, including new medicines and devices to NHS patients.” … continues

To help applicants the Department of Health has published a guide ‘Breakthrough to real change in local healthcare: A guide for applications to create Health Innovation and Education Clusters (HIECs)’.

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