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Science Sampler: Introducing 21st-century research and information literacy skills—a yearlong process

Science Scope—Summer 2010

The phrase “21st-century skills” suggests that our students will need a new batch of skills and tools in order to be prepared for the next century. However, many teachers would say that they already incorporate these skills in their lessons, such as global awareness, creativity, media literacy, and cross-cultural skills, to name just a few. While all of these skills seem to be inherent in our lesson plans, the new framework attempts to provide a greater emphasis on global education and creative problem solving. This article describes how teachers at an independent, college preparatory school strive to prepare their students for the challenges and opportunities that await them in the 21st century by using an interdisciplinary collaboration and communication among its teachers.
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