21st Century Skills


There is a growing need in our society for highly qualified vocational technicians who not only possess traditional professional skills, but also are able to be reflective and to work in teams on complex problems. The current project focuses on the acquisition of these additional '21st century' skills for students in secondary vocational technical education, more specifically:

  1. reasoning skills (e.g., critical thinking),
  2. interpersonal skills (e.g., collaboration and communication),
  3. intrapersonal skills (e.g., planning and reflection).

Students will acquire these skills in the context of engaging in learning with virtual science laboratories, and they will be supported in acquiring these skills by a set of dedicated, technology-based, cognitive tools.


Judith ter Vrugte
Elise Eshuis 



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Additional information about the project can be found here.