* Collaborative Inquiry-based experiential
learning around topics that leads to subject
mastery - students actual perform better in testing
because they are understanding core concepts more
thoroughly with deep learning
* Promotes the acquisition of 21st Century skills that
employers seek in their employees, including critical
thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity -
the 4Cs of future education and skills in demand by
the 21st Century workforce
* These same skills are needed to become competent
entrepreneurs, able to transform ideas and opportunities
into products and services of value to others.
* Adherence to standards set forth by UNESCO, OECD
and World Federation of Associations for Teacher
Education to rethink teaching and support the creation
of innovative learning environments
SMART & Resilient
Cities and Communities
Common Topics / Themes
Real World Learning
A mindset consists of the set of attitudes, skills and behaviors that individuals
need to succeed, not only in entrepreneurship but also academically, personally
and professionally. These include: initiative and self-direction, risk-taking,
flexibility and adaptability, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and
problem solving. Other definitions include the ability to see opportunities,
marshal resources and create value. Core concepts of a growth mindset include:
International Labour Organization
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The underlying beliefs that orient our behaviors
and a way of thinking - a learned cognitive model
that is acquired slowly and subtly, over a long
period of time as the result of experiences.
RWL in small-group learning environments
transform teachers into facilitators of knowledge,
guiding their students through scaffolding while
examining real-world problems that form the
basis for teaching by topics in primary,
secondary and tertiary education as well as
vocational training. This becomes learning
and teaching re-imagined - future education today!
Preparing students to become FUTURE READY now
through Real World Learning
Real world learning (RWL) supported by the EYE model offers a holistic and
flexible approach to learning in preparation for acquiring 21st Century
skills needed in the workforce, in entrepreneurship and for success
throughout the education continuum. RWL is often referred to as
Phenomenon or Inquiry-based Experietial Learning- and can
take place in a variety of learning environments and settings, such
as traditional classrooms, alternative learning settings, outdoor and
environmental training sites, etc. The pedagogy, methodologies and
strategies around phenomenon learning is revolutionizing education
systems throughout the world. This is the systemic change needed to
adopt an interdisciplinary approach to learning.
RWL is a hands-on approach to students acquiring a growth mindset and exposed to
academic disciplines, or field of study, as a process for thinking, reflecting and acquiring knowledge.
Phenomenon Learning + A Growth Mindset = Effective Pedagogy
To Nurture Problem Solvers throughout the education continuum
Real world learning requires not only exposure to academic disciplines or fields of study,
it also requires a growth mindset for the process for thinking and reflecting toward being
able to acquire knowledge and skills.
Don't ask students what
they want to be when they
grow up. Instead, ask them
if they know of a problem
that needs a solution.
Sustainability Development Goals
in K-22 Education
All innovation starts from a question not an answer, and for that,
one must be observant to apply critical thinking, constantly look
around their world and create connections. Being reflective is where
deep learning takes place. It allows someone to look at their progress
or success to ask what worked and what didn’t, what could have been
done differently and what could be built upon for next time. And
when things don’t work out, being resilient and persistent will allow
a person to rebound from failure and to turn good ideas into great ones.
Risk Taking is another hallmark of a mindset needed for success.
Calculated risk is generally undertaken after performing due diligence
and accounts for any possible negative consequences, or identifying
areas where the chances of success could be higher than the chances
of failure. Don’t forget that fear is a major factor toward estimating risk.
Although a person’s level of fear usually has nothing to do with an actual
level of risk faced, fear can indeed cause a person to overestimate risk
while lack of fear can cause a person to underestimate risk. Balance
emotion with logic by examining the facts.