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Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

Written by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
July 31, 2012

The National Research Council (NRC) has released a new report on 21st century skills in the classroom and work environments. From the NRC:

Business, political, and educational leaders are increasingly asking schools to integrate development of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration into the teaching and learning of academic subjects.  These skills are often referred to as “21st century skills” or “deeper learning.”  The National Research Council (NRC) has released a report addressing these issues, Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century.


The new report:



  • clarifies the meaning of the terms “21st century skills” and “deeper learning”;

  • examines evidence on the links between these skills and positive outcomes in work, education, and other areas of life;

  • identifies areas of overlap between these skills and the ELA and math Common Core State Standards and the NRC’s Framework for K-12 Science Education;

  • outlines research-based teaching methods to support the process of deeper learning and the development of transferable knowledge and skills; and

  • recommends steps for future research and policy in this area.



Click here to read the report online or purchase a printed version.





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