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21st-century skills refer to core competencies that students need to learn and utilize in today’s world. These skills include both content knowledge and applied skills such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving.

About this Guide

This LibGuide is an accumulation of resources, websites, articles, and much more to help you and your students learn about learning in the 21st century and the changes that the digital age also brings. You will also learn about 21st Century Fluencies and what this term entails:

'The 21st Century Fluencies are not about technical prowess, they are critical thinking skills, and they are essential to living in this multimedia world. We call them fluencies for a reason. To be literate means to have knowledge or competence. To be fluent is something a little more, it is to demonstrate mastery and to do so unconciously and smoothly.' (Wes Freyer Blog Post about a Presentation by Ian Jukes on 21st Century Fluencies)

The 21st-Century Fluency Project

"SKILLS UNIQUE TO THE 21ST CENTURY: These are the skills that weren't necessary 10 or 15 years ago. Many of them have been created by the emergence of new digital technologies. These skills included competence with social networking, online communications, digital citizenship, and 21st-century collaboration. This is a rapidly growing and constantly changing set of skills." (From the book Literacy is Not Enough: 21st-Century Fluencies for the Digital Age" by Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes and Andrew Churches

National Research Council and the National Academies

At the request of several foundations, the National Research Council appointed a committee of experts in education, psychology, and economics to more clearly define “deeper learning” and “21st century skills". As a preliminary way to organize the skills, the committee first identified three broad domains of competence: "the cognitive domain, which includes thinking, reasoning, and related skills; the intrapersonal domain, which involves self-management, including the ability to regulate one’s behavior and emotions to reach goals; and the interpersonal domain, which involves expressing information to others, as well as interpreting others’ messages and responding appropriately." From the Report Brief: Education for Life and Work, Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century, July 2012