Challenge of 21st-century educators: Build a 1st-century Attitude 11 December 2014

New media give rise to substantial concerns among educators and teachers. Some fear irreversible damage to young people’s brains eventually causing psychological disorders.

At the same time, schools are increasingly using computers and tablets for educational purposes. Despite the number of questions still unanswered so far, educators and teachers worldwide teach young people so-called 21st-century skills such as information literacy, collaboration, communication, problem solving, citizenship, creativity and innovation. The main motive for this approach is to empower young people for the change from an industrial society into a knowledge society. There are few doubts about the importance of these skills. However, the initiative for developing the framework of 21st-century skills comes mainly from the private sector and the debate about these skills was influenced by economic interests.

Steef de Bruijn, Lector New Media In Education wrote a paper, which describes the necessity of the development of a set of competences that is essential for responsible media use from another point of view. Media use not only affects how we work together and how we can be productive in our 21st-century jobs, but it also affects our personal relationships, well-being, moral standards, empathic qualities, ability to concentrate, etc. That is why we are proposing a set of 1st-century attitudes to be achieved by children and young people as a basic pre-requisite for media use, in order to enhance personal competences and stimulate pro-social behaviour. Read full paper.

Visit our (Dutch) website for further information. In case of questions/ information please contact: mrs. Melinda Jansen MA (project leader Lectorate New Media In Education) by e-mail or phone: +31 182 760 418.

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