The Implementation of the 21st Century Skills in the Primary School Curriculum: Collaboration, Digital Literacy, Creativity and Productivity in grade 3-6 of a Dutch Primary School

Esterik, Christina van (2013) The Implementation of the 21st Century Skills in the Primary School Curriculum: Collaboration, Digital Literacy, Creativity and Productivity in grade 3-6 of a Dutch Primary School.

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Abstract:It is thought that people need various skills to cope with the changes of the knowledge society. One way to do this is to learn these skills to students in school. These skills are often called the 21st century skills and have already been described by several authors. However, these skills have not been specified for the different school levels yet. Research has shown that many conditions can hinder or facilitate the implementation of the 21st century skills in education. The first aim of this research was to describe how the 21st century skills collaboration, digital literacy, creativity and productivity are reflected in the intended, implemented and experienced curriculum of a Dutch primary school in the Western part of the Netherlands. The second aim of the research was to describe the conditions which might influence the implementation of these skills in the curriculum of this primary school. A descriptive case study was performed using a mixed methods design of quantitative and qualitative data. The methods that were used were document analysis, interviews, focus group interviews and questionnaires. The participants of the research were the principal, Head of the ICT Department and teachers and students of the 3-6 grade of the school. The findings of the research describe how the century skills collaboration, digital literacy, creativity and productivity are reflected in the intended, implemented and experienced curriculum of the school and which conditions influenced the implementation of these skills in the curriculum of the school. Recommendations for scientific and practical research are derived from this research
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64270
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