Characteristics of 21st Century Learners

Ever since the world existed, a lot of developments have occurred. This is very evident in the way people gain access and spread information, work habits, methods of socializing, and many more. The transformation of the devices that we use from gigantic supercomputers to tablets are tangible signs of change. This is brought about by the evolution of how people think towards the 21st century. It is only apt that as educators, our methods of shaping the minds of the future generation should also be able to adapt to these changes as well.

To become better educators, it’s best to know the type of learners we are dealing with. Here, we list down some of the characteristics of 21st-century learners.

Broad, deep understanding of the world

Students these days know that they live in the world where there are diversity and a lot of issues to address such as health concerns, environment protection, economic growth and many more. They try to play an important role to play in taking care of the environment and help lessen the contribution of society to its destruction. They also tend to be more financially literate and can make economically sound decisions.

Makes interdisciplinary connections

These days, students can apply and relate what they learn in different subject areas such as mathematics, science, history and the arts to address an issue or achieve a certain project. Doing so gives them a deeper sense of understanding and appreciation of the complex concepts and equations that they have to study every day.

Thinks critically and creatively

21st-century learners can process the information that they receive, ask questions, analyze them and make arguments, beliefs or decisions based on this information. They do not limit themselves to becoming one-trick ponies only. They often think outside the box, not only sticking to a single approach to attacking a dilemma.

Communicates and collaborates with others

Two heads are better than one. The students of today realize the power of a unified group and learn how to deal with different personalities in an effective and courteous manner.

Creates evaluates and utilizes information

Technology has made it possible for us to gain access to a diverse and abundant amount of information. Students can harness this, evaluate which ones are accurate and have significance, and use it to address a certain issue.

Career-ready and prepared for life

For people like us who have already experienced it, we can agree on the fact that the real world can be harsh and cruel, very much unlike the environment the students have been used to. It is certainly going to take more than just knowledge and theoretical ideas that are going to make a person survive the grown-up life. But students of today are more flexible and can easily adapt to new environments.

Eyes on the prize

Given the set of skills above, as modern day educators, we now have a daunting task ahead of us. How do we modify our courses to help the students further their skills? Education today is more than just giving lessons and assignments. It is now a two-way process where both the student and the teacher learn from each other side by side. A lot of resources are available to help achieve this goal. What’s important is that we remain focused and push through our desire to make this world a better place, starting with the people who live in it.

Maria Dublin

Contributor at Kami
Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.
Maria Dublin

Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.