Measuring 21st Century Skills: A Danish Approach
Many different institutions, policy makers, and others are identifying the need to align curriculum with the challenges of the 21st century. This has led to a number of suggested frameworks for defining, developing, teaching and assessing 21st century skills. These frameworks typically rely on brainstorming and survey methods, and therefore lack the principles for determining importance, completeness, and difficulty of the suggested skills and of the frameworks as a whole.
In this talk, Jeppe Bundsgaard will present a new method to approach these three questions; he will show how a computer based performance assessment of 3rd to 8th grade students in Denmark is used in this process; and based on this he will propose two new skills as candidates to become 21st century skills--namely process competence (or skill) and scenario competence (or skill).
Jeppe Bundsgaard is a Professor of Education at Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the use of computers in teaching and learning, on principles and practices of curriculum design, and on performance-based assessment. He is a National Research Coordinator for Denmark in the International Computer and Information Literacy Study.