Guest Blog by Shawn Stone The goal of education in the 21st century is the mastery of information, embedded knowledge and understanding and the advanced use of technology in society. It should allow our students to also master the learning process, to engage with their curriculum, own and direct their learning in their own individual and flexible ways. So what does is it entail to reach this goal of education in the 21st century? Alvin Toffler a Fortune Magazine writer and futurist eloquently said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” The goal of education should be to provide complex learning environments for student’s which incorporates authentic learning, assessing and personal development. It will allow learners to solve the types of the complex problem they will face in real life. Without disregarding the social nature of learning a learning task or task that will provide social negotiation, engagement and learning is a great tool. Bruner (1986) explains that learning is a cultural interchange between group members. Collaboration creates an opportunity for learners to share their understandings with others and to have others do the same with them. This provides multiple perspectives to each learner, and this negotiation process between peers to enhance understanding.
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