The Four Cs of Education
The National Education Association asked a variety of leaders what 21st Century skills were most important for kids to gain during their K-12 education. The answers have become known as the “Four Cs”.
The Four Cs Are:
“Students are able to work effectively with diverse groups and exercise flexibility in making compromises to achieve common goals.”
- Ability to work well within teams
- Flexibility in achieving common goals
- Assuming shared responsibility for collaborative work
“Students are able to generate and improve on original ideas and also work creatively with others.”
- Using creation techniques like brainstorming
- Creating new and worthwhile ideas
- Refining and improving on original ideas
- Communicating new ideas effectively to others
- Demonstrating originality and inventiveness
- Viewing failure as an opportunity to learn
“Students are able to communicate effectively across multiple media and for various purposes.”
Communication can be defined as:
- Being able to clearly articulate ideas orally, in writing and nonverbally
- Listening effectively
- Using media & technology effectively
“Students are able to analyze, evaluate, and understand complex systems and apply strategies to solve problems.”
Developing critical thinking skills is:
- Being able to reason effectively
- Understanding “systems thinking” (how parts of a whole interact with one other)
- Ability to make judgments and decisions
- Ability to solve problems in both conventional and innovative ways
Incorporating the “Four Cs” is a way for educators to help ensure that K-12 students are learning the 21st-Century skills that they’ll need — hand in hand with fundamental academic content knowledge in math, language arts, and science — to succeed in college and career.
Download the NEA’s Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society: An Educator’s Guide to the “Four Cs”.
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Posted on Tue, March 18, 2014
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