Educating for the 21st Century

Perspectives, Policies and Practices from Around the World

  • Suzanne Choo
  • Deb Sawch
  • Alison Villanueva
  • Ruth Vinz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Perspectives: Mapping Our Futures-In-The-Making

  3. Policies: Constructing the Future Through Policy Making

  4. Practices: Enacting the Future in Local Contexts

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 469-490

About this book


All over the world, governments, policymakers, and educators are advocating the need to educate students for the 21st first century. This book provides insights into what this means and the ways 21st century education is theorized and implemented in practice. The first part, “Perspectives: Mapping our futures-in-the-making,” uncovers the contradictions, tensions and processes that shape 21st century education discourses. The second part, “Policies: Constructing the future through policymaking,” discusses how 21st century education is translated into policies and the resulting tensions that emerge from top-down, state sanctioned policies and bottom-up initiatives. The third part, “Practices: Enacting the Future in Local Contexts,” discusses on-the-ground initiatives that schools in various countries around the world enact to educate their students for the 21st century. This volume includes contributions from leading scholars in the field as well as educators from schools and those working with schools.


Comparative education Curriculum innovation Educational Innovation Globalization and education Twenty-first century education education in Finland education in Shanghai global cities global education innovative schools

Editors and affiliations

  • Suzanne Choo
    • 1
  • Deb Sawch
    • 2
  • Alison Villanueva
    • 3
  • Ruth Vinz
    • 4
  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Ridgefield Public SchoolsConnecticutUSA
  4. 4.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-1671-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-1673-8
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