Thinking About the Embedding of Essential Skills – Especially in Terms of 21st Century Learners (2013)

In this presentation, the author makes the case for a new learner-centred and holistic approach to Essential Skills (ES), defining those skills as the ones both individuals and societies need to survive in the 21st century.

The author begins with a brief explanation of the nine Essential Skills as defined by the Government of Canada. She describes that definition as a narrow and limiting one, overlooking Essential Skills as an important agent of change, as well as a tool for managing change.

Essential Skills must become a training design and delivery approach, answering the question of how to turn information into knowledge, and information consumption into learning and innovation.

As well, that ES delivery approach must be mobile; dependent on context and purpose; and reflective of the modern world of instant communication and social media.

The presentation was given at Made in the North, a forum held in October 2012 in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, and organized collaboratively by the literacy councils of Canada’s three territories.

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