21st Century Skills are so last century!

Donald Clark, Plan B, Nov 30, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I really need to write my thing one day about what I think are the real 21st century skills. Donald Clark's list here is so last century: communicating, collaborating, problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, digital literacy. My list is very different:
- emergent thinking: extracting patterns, rules, regularities, prototypes
- sensing value - finding meaning, truth, relevance, purpose, goals
- acting semiotically - using signs, signals, art, desig, etc., to do things
- seeing beyond - describing, defining, drawing conclusions, explaining data
- ecological sensitivity - placing in context, seeing frames, making meaning
- living in change - understanding flow, adaptation, progression
These are literacies that reflect the times and not simply the fact that we have a lot of machines.
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