Developing 21st Century Skills through STEM

ECTS Value: 6 ECTS

Contact Hours: 30

Self Study Hours: 72

Assessment Hours: 48


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module provides course participants with the opportunity to critically analyse the importance of 21st century learning and doing in relation to STEM, and ways and means of how to develop these skills for personal growth, employability and active citizenship.

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a. Assess and support learners’ development in 21st century skills;
b. Devise a personal learning plan in relation to upskilling through STEM initiatives;
c. Comprehensively identify and recommend possible upskilling paths through STEM for a workrelated case study.


a. Outline the six Cs of Education and Deep Learning;
b. Distinguish the similarities and differences between the 6 Cs of Education;
c. Detail how the six Cs are interconnected but separate at the same time;
d. Critically outline the theories and frameworks related to 21st century skills that enable personal growth, active citizenship and employability;
e. Develop knowledge on the social and cognitive skills that are known as 21st century skills.


a. Apply learning approaches and strategies which connect 21st century skills with daily life problems;
b. Analyse how 21st century skills can be represented in day-to-day living in terms of personal growth, active citizenship and employability;
c. Critically analyse entrepreneurship and learning to learn methodologies to address 21st century global economic challenges;
d. Apply a range of approaches to collaborative problem solving;
e. Identify developmental, evidence-based, and clinical approaches to personal growth, active citizenship and employability;
f. Identify and analyse the interdisciplinarity in STEM through real-world issues today with reference to relevant local and international case studies.


Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List

1. Jang, H. (2016). Identifying 21st century STEM competencies using workplace data. Journal of science education and technology, 25(2), 284-301
2. Chu, S. K. W., Reynolds, R. B., Tavares, N. J., Notari, M., & Lee, C. W. Y. (2017). 21st Century skills development through inquiry-based learning. Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: https://doi. org/10, 1007, 978-981.
3. Kivunja, C. (2015). Teaching students to learn and to work well with 21st century skills: Unpacking
the career and life skills domain of the new learning paradigm. International Journal of Higher Education, 4(1), 1-11.
4. Turiman, P., Omar, J., Daud, A. M., & Osman, K. (2012). Fostering the 21st century skills through scientific literacy and science process skills. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 59, 110-116.

Supplementary Reading List

1. Trilling, B., & Fadel, C. (2009). 21st century skills: Learning for life in our times. John Wiley & Sons.
2. Van Laar, E., Van Deursen, A. J., Van Dijk, J. A., & De Haan, J. (2017). The relation between 21stcentury skills and digital skills: A systematic literature review. Computers in human behavior, 72, 577-588.

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