A profitable education: Countering neoliberalism in 21st century skills discourses

Rohit Mehta, Ed Creely, Danah Henriksen

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    In this chapter, the authors take a multifaceted critical approach to understanding and deconstructing the term 21st century skills, especially in regard to technology and the role of corporations in the discourses about education. They also consider a range of cultural and political influences in our exploration of the social and academic meanings of the term, including its history and politics. The application of the term in present-day educational contexts is considered as well as possible futures implied through the term. The goal in this chapter is to counter ideas that might diminish a humanized educational practice. Specifically, the authors offer a critique of neoliberal discourses in education, particularly the neoliberal and corporate narrative around 21st century teaching and learning. They raise concerns about what an undue emphasis on industry-oriented educational systems can mean for the core purposes of education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Literacy and Digital Technology Integration in Teacher Education
    EditorsJared Keengwe, Grace Onchwari
    Place of PublicationHershey PA USA
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic) 9781799814627
    ISBN (Print)9781799814610
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2019


    • 21st Century skills
    • Neoliberalism
    • digital literacies

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