Learning 21st-century skills requires 21st-century teaching: Advancing a horizontal learning into the skills curriculum at EUC
Dr. Gera Noordzij is the Head of Department of Social and Behavioural Science at Erasmus University College (EUC). She is responsible for the quality of education at EUC. Before starting at EUC, she worked at the Psychology department of the Erasmus University. She is a psychologist with an interest in and doing research on motivation and self-regulation, mental health, education, and inequality.
Rapidly changing societies & labour-market demands require transferrable, soft skills of students (i.e., 21st-century skills). Education plays a vital role in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that enable students to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable future. In response to these demands and the observed challenges our students at Erasmus University College encounter in applying the skills learned during the first-year curriculum to subsequent courses and projects, we propose a rethink of the skills curriculum. This rethink focuses on developing a horizontal learning pathway in the curriculum, in which the learning objectives for the skills curriculum are specified at the macro-, meso- and micro-level. By step-wise interlinking the skills courses, among themselves and to the programme’s Intended Learning Outcomes, and simultaneously integrating them to a collaborative basestone project, we aim to teach our students necessary 21st-century or soft skills for a longer-term retention to foster professional development.