How governments and universities can support 21st-century skill development

Shizuka Kato
What is it?

This article discusses how governments and higher education institutions can foster pedagogical innovations that support the further development of two skills sought after by employers- creativity and critical thinking. As digitalisation and automation increase, it is becoming more important for students to develop the skills that make us human and can’t be replicated by a computer. At the core of this are creativity and critical thinking – two skills that are on the top ten list of skills sought by employers worldwide.

The OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation recently gathered higher education stakeholders to discuss how governments and higher education institutions can foster pedagogical innovations that support the further development of these skills, in the context of the Teaching, Learning and Assessing Creativity and Critical Thinking in Education Project.

HIGHLIGHTS

– Creativity and critical thinking are key skills sought by employers in a wide range of professions.
– Action is needed at institutional level to bring change to teaching and learning in higher education, but institutional autonomy and support from policy makers are necessary to make this happen.
– An OECD project has identified three possible ways policy makers and institution leaders can support pedagogical innovations.