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Loren Clarke

Loren Clarke

Eltham High School

Assessing and teaching 21st century skills in practice: The experience of Eltham High School

Education researchers, policymakers and private enterprise agree that, in addition to content knowledge, students in the 21st century need to acquire particular skills to equip them for active citizenship in the modern world. This is a real challenge for teachers today: how do they teach and assess the skills needed to live and work in the 21st century? This session will be co-presented with Melissa Hughes and will explore the development of Eltham High School’s focus on teaching and assessment of collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking over the past seven years. It will explore the development of the assessment program, its connection to the school and state curriculum, and impacts on staff and students.


About Loren Clarke

Loren Clarke is the Curriculum and Data Leader at Eltham High School. She teaches Extended Investigation in Years 10 and 12 and VCE English. Through her role at the school, Loren has developed a program of assessment focused on 21st century skills, which include critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving. Over the past eight years, Loren has also been involved in the development of VCE Extended Investigation and the broader application of inquiry-based pedagogy and thinking structures in the secondary years of schooling. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne on the potential implications of interdisciplinary and inquiry subjects for teaching and learning in secondary education.

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