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21st Century Skills

Project-based learning can also benefit students by helping them develop higher-level cognitive skills such as these:

  • Problem solving
  • Practical thinking
  • Long-term planning
  • Application of knowledge to authentic situations
  • Critical thinking
  • Time management

The term "21st century skills" is often used by educators and business people to refer to these critical skills. Mastering these skills can make a tremendous difference in student academic success, career paths and personal lives. Read enGauge 21st Century Skills to learn more about the skills highlighted below.

Digital Age Literacy Effective Communication
  • Basic scientific, mathematical and technological literacies
  • Visual and information literacies
  • Multicultural literacy and global awareness
  • Teaming, collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Personal, social and civic responsibility
  • Interactive communication
Inventive Thinking High Productivity
  • Adaptability and the ability to manage complexity
  • Self-directed curiosity, creativity and risk taking
  • Higher-order thinking and sound reasoning
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and manage for results
  • Effective use of real-world tools
  • Ability to produce relevant, high-quality products

My Notebook

Project-Based Learning

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Glossary

Project-Based Learning