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21st Century Framework

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a broad coalition of education, business, government, and foundations, has advanced a powerful answer to the question of what students now need to learn—a 21st-century learning framework that captures the essential learning goals and supports most needed in our times (2010). (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1: P21 Framework for 21st Century Learning

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In this model, the "rainbow" represents the goals or intended outcomes of learning for 21st-century students, and the "pools" below indicate the educational support systems that enable these goals to be met.

The learning goals, as portrayed in Table 1, include traditional core subject knowledge areas, such as social studies, math, science, language, etc.; interdisciplinary and contemporary thematic content such as environmental, health, financial, and civic literacy; and three sets of essential skills applied to the learning of content knowledge.

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References

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). "Framework for 21st Century Learning."

Trilling, Bernie, and Charles Fadel. 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times. Jossey-Bass, 2009.