21st Century Skills

Rethinking How Students Learn

by James Bellanca , Ronald S. Brandt

Number of pages: 408

Publisher: Solution Tree

BBB Library: Education

ISBN: 9781935249900

About the Authors

James Bellanca : Bellanca is the founder of SkyLight Professional Development, and coauthor of


Ronald S. Brandt : Brandt was editor of publication for ASCD for 20 years. Before


Editorial Review

No generation can escape the responsibility of deciding what students should learn by analyzing what adults are called upon to do. In the old days, people were taught to do simple calculations, write letters, and read. As farming grew in complexity, schools in rural areas began teaching vocational agriculture. With the current blitz of fast-moving developments in technology, schools are beefing up their science and mathematics programs.   So trying to foresee students’ future needs is not being trendy; it is a necessity. But, of course, it is only the beginning. The hard parts are, first, determining how these new demands fit in relation to the existing curriculum; second, finding ways they can be taught along with content; and then, managing the complex process of implementation.

Book Reviews

"As Ken Kay points out in the introduction to 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn, 'Students need both content knowledge and skills to apply and transform their knowledge for useful and creative purposes and to keep learning as content and circumstances change.'" American Association of School Administrators

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