Personalized Learning & PBL Category 6

Here is a collection of articles written on the EdVisions model and network schools.

Personalized Learning and Project Based Learning articles

*All articles are available upon request by emailing info@edvisions.org

Category 6: Focus on equipping students with knowledge and skills for an engaged post-secondary life.

Brown, C. (2014). Patterns of innovationEducation Digest79(9), 37.

The article discusses the partnership between the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) organization with the education-based Pearson Foundation in an effort to share innovative educational practices. Topics discussed include the importance of student agency, the use of distributed leadership in schools, and community engagement in education.

Brusic, S. A., & Shearer, K. L. (2014). The abcs of 21st century skills. (cover story). Children's Technology & Engineering18(4), 6.

The article offers information on the 21st Century Skills (P21) movement for K12 education in the U.S. Topics include the mission of the movement to promote 21st century readiness to the K12 education system of the U.S., the efforts to integrate 21st Century Skills into elementary education, and the "building blocks" of 21st Century Skills. Also presented is a guide to use the "new ABCs" mini posters in classrooms.

Coulter-Kern, R. G., Coulter-Kern, P. E., Schenkel, A. A., Walker, D. R., & Fogle, K. L. (2013). Improving student's understanding of career decision-making through service learning. College Student Journal47(2), 306.

This study examines the impact of an experiential service-learning project designed to help high school students begin to choose a career path and increase college students' understanding about how to make career decisions. In the study, two groups of college students attended information sessions on career advising. The first group then helped provide career information to high school students as part of a service project in a college class. The second group did not help provide career information to high school students. Posttest comparisons of the two groups of college students indicated that college students who participated in the service project showed significantly more understanding of career decision-making than students who had not participated in the service project.

Hilton, M. (2015). Preparing students for life and workIssues In Science & Technology31(4), 63.

The article focuses on the enactment of the 21st Century Readiness Act to prepare students for the 21st century skills, work and life. Topics discussed include the skills offered by the nonprofit organization Partnership for 21st Century Skills such as communication and critical thinking, the report "Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills and in the 21st Century," and the domains of skills' competence such as cognitive and interpersonal domain.

Lafferty, B. (2016). Attacking the skilled-worker gapPlastics News27(42), 0007.

The article reports on a program developed by Primera Plastics, Inc. owner Noël Cuellar called Primera Pathways to get high school students interested in manufacturing. Topics covered include skilled-worker gap in the manufacturing industry, the plan of Cuellar to offer life skills to his young employees, and a cooling system installed by Primera worth 500,000 U.S. dollars.

Lapek, J. (2017). 21st century skills: The tools students need. Children's Technology & Engineering21(3), 24.

The article reports that if the world continues to change at its current rate, many students will need education and training for careers that do not yet exist. Education needs to shift from teaching students how to acquire knowledge, to teaching students how to use knowledge so they are prepared for new and innovative careers.

Zhao, Y. (2015). A world at risk: An imperative for a paradigm shift to cultivate 21st century learnersSociety52(2), 129.

The article reports that if the world continues to change at its current rate, many students will need education and training for careers that do not yet exist. Education needs to shift from teaching students how to acquire knowledge, to teaching students how to use knowledge so they are prepared for new and innovative careers.