© 2011

Bringing Schools into the 21st Century

  • Guofang Wan
  • Dianne M. Gut

Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Guofang Wan, Dianne M. Gut
    Pages 1-5
  3. Mark Treadwell
    Pages 7-40
  4. Ken Kay, Valerie Greenhill
    Pages 41-65
  5. Rosalyn Anstine Templeton, Karen Huffman, Celia E. Johnson
    Pages 67-89
  6. Celia E. Johnson, Rosalyn Anstine Templeton
    Pages 113-135
  7. Jessica Collins, Denis Doyon, Christie McAuley, Andrea Isabel Quijada
    Pages 159-185
  8. John Watson, L. Kay Johnson
    Pages 205-223
  9. Renée A. Middleton, Bonnie L. Prince
    Pages 225-246
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 247-258

About this book


Shift happens: Emerging technologies and globalization have resulted in political, social and cultural changes. These changes have a profound impact on all aspects of human life, including education. Yet while society has changed and continues to change, schools are slow to keep up. This book explores issues related to transforming and modernizing our educational systems, including the impact of societal shifts on education, the efforts at various levels to bring schools into the 21st century, the identification of 21st century skills, the reformation of the curriculum, the creation of alternative models of schooling, the innovative use of technology in education, and many others. It addresses questions like the following: Should schools systems adapt to better meet the needs of tomorrow’s world and how should this be accomplished? How can society better prepare students for a changing and challenging modern world? What skills do students need to lead successful lives and become productive citizens in the 21st century? How can educators create learning environments that are relevant and meaningful for digital natives? How can the school curriculum be made more rigorous to meet the needs of the 21st century? This book encourages readers to transcend the limits of their own educational experience, to think beyond familiar notions of schooling, instruction and curriculum, to consider how to best structure learning so that it will benefit future generations. It encourages a deeper analysis of the existing education system and offers practical insights into future directions focused on preparing students with 21st century skills.


21st century competencies 21st century education 21st century learning 21st century skills globalization and education technology and education

Editors and affiliations

  • Guofang Wan
    • 1
  • Dianne M. Gut
    • 2
  1. 1.College of EducationOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  2. 2.College of EducationOhio UniversityAthensUSA

Bibliographic information


Bringing Schools into the 21st Century is an excellent overview of current educational reform initiatives and a roadmap for the immediate future of educational change.

Duncan Waite, Texas State University, USA


Bringing Schools into the 21st Century advances progressive educational thought into the new millennium. It does so by asking how education should prepare students for meaningful, creative, and productive futures.

David J. Flinders, Indiana University, USA

Bringing Schools in the 21st Century is a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the emerging impact of information and communication technologies throughout the world, impacting literally every aspect of our lives. With the significant shift into the knowledge age, the authors challenge readers to engage in a redesign of education to more adequately prepare future citizens for success in this evolving, technological world.

Margaret L. Niess, Oregon State University, USA