As the 21st century unfolds, the pace of change in the world is accelerating. The authors believe a combination of cognitive skills (skills students will need to succeed academically) and conative skills (skills students will need to succeed interpersonally) is necessary for the 21st century. This clear, practical guide presents a model of instruction and assessment based on these skills.
"The saying 'Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it' has been attributed to Mark Twain. We are now a little more than a decade into the new millennium and there are many who speak about the importance of promoting 21st century skills in schools, yet it could be argued, like the weather, that there has been more talk then action. Marzano and Heflebower skillfully bridge the gap between a well-articulated framework of 21st century skills and practical approaches useful to teachers who wish to promote such skills in the classroom. Teaching and Assessing 21st Century Skills provides an important balance between the cognitive and conative skills necessary for our students to be both professionally and personally successful in our fast-changing world. The clear cut rationale for these abilities, the highly practical examples, and the assessment methods offered by the authors, will no doubt render this book an invaluable tool to educators who wish to equip their students with the thinking and emotional skills of the highest order." -- Gerard J. Puccio "Chair and Professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State The State University of New York"