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A better name than 21st Century Skills?

By Clive Young, on 9 May 2012

There is always an interesting debate on what to call the technology-related skill set required to perform a modern digitally-enabled professional life. UCL refers to them as part of  ‘Key Skills‘, covering a broad range of students’ academic skills, self-management skills, communication skills and interpersonal skills. Doug Johnson in his blog post A better name than 21st Century Skills? mulls over a few names such as ‘survival skills’ and ‘higher order thinking skills’ (HOT) before settling on ‘knowledge worker skills’. He also sketches out a handy diagram (as on the right) which is explained in more detail in an earlier blog post.

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