There is growing consensus that 21st century skills, or general capabilities as they are known in Australia, need to be cultivated to help learners succeed in a modern society based on knowledge and innovation.
Our skill development frameworks provide detailed descriptions of skills as student behaviours that teachers can identify, monitor and enhance.
ACER’s skill development frameworks are the culmination of five years’ research.
This included the development of an assessment template, and trialling of classroom-based assessments for Grade 6-10 students that collect detailed and reliable information about students’ skills.
Three evident needs underpin ACER's approach to skill development
Descriptions of skills defined by strands and aspects
Increasing levels of skill development for each aspect
Aspects embedded in curriculum, assessment and pedagogy
Assessing skills for 21st century learners
Learn how to develop your own assessments of critical thinking, creative thinking and collaboration through our accredited, four-week online course.
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20 Sep 2021
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Identifying and monitoring progress in collaboration skills
Research Conference 2021
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