Assessment of 21st Century Skills: the Singapore Experience with Group Project at Grade 11

Assessment of 21st Century Skills: the Singapore Experience with Group Project at Grade 11

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Assessment of 21st Century Skills: the Singapore Experience with Group Project at Grade 11

Global initiatives such as Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills are calling for new assessments to measure the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and characteristics of self-directed and collaborative learning that are increasingly important for our global economy and fast changing world. The highly technological and interconnected world demands workers who possess abilities such as critical thinking, problem solving, learning to learn, communicating, and collaborating, among others. Such knowledge and skills are not new, untried or unknown. Different subject disciplines emphasise different combinations of these knowledge and skills.In 2010, the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) produced a framework which articulates the 21st century competencies necessary for the globalised world. These are: Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills, Critical and Inventive Thinking, and Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills. Prior to this, MOE had already implemented a curriculum initiative where students carry out an examinable group project to develop their thinking, communication and collaborative skills. This paper shares the Singapore experience in assessing these knowledge and skills through the group project in the national examination for Grade 11 over the last ten years.

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