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Research Conference 2019

Preparing students for life in the 21st Century:
Identifying, developing and assessing what matters
4–5 August, Melbourne
Quentin Maire

Quentin Maire

Victoria University

Key skills for the 21st century: An evidence-based review 

It is vital that education systems deliver quality outcomes for all young people and prepare them well for their future in the economy and society. Traditionally, these systems have had a strong focus on developing academic skills, particularly in literacy and numeracy. In recent years, however, there are greater expectations that schools will also equip young people with a broader set of skills for the 21st century (e.g. creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving). This paper is co-presented with Esther Doecke and will address these developments and the challenges they present. Building on an evidence-based review, this paper will outline the key skills required for the 21st century. How do various jurisdictions articulate their aspirations concerning these broader skills within their curricular and policy frameworks? What evidence is there about the best way to incorporate key skills for the 21st century into curriculum and teaching and learning? How can a more diverse set of skills be measured and assessed? 

About Quentin Maire

Quentin Maire is a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Research on Education Systems at Victoria University. He has completed research degrees in France and Australia in sociology and education and is particularly interested in the organisation of education systems and social inequalities in education. Quentin has worked on a range of projects in early childhood, school, vocational and special education. He has been involved in large-scale international projects and engaged in commissioned research for governments across Australia. Among these, he has completed a study on key skills for the 21st century for the New South Wales Department of Education.

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