New Vision for Education
Unlocking the Potential of Technology
To thrive in a rapidly evolving, technology-mediated world, students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity. All too often, however, students in many countries are not attaining these skills. In this context, the World Economic Forum has taken on a multi-year initiative, New Vision for Education, to examine the pressing issue of skills gaps and explore ways to address these gaps through technology. In this report, we undertook a detailed analysis of the research literature to define what we consider to be the 16 most critical "21st-century skills". Our study of nearly 100 countries reveals large gaps in selected indicators for many of these skills – between developed and developing countries, among countries in the same income group and within countries for different skill types. In this report, we argue that for technology to reach its greatest potential it needs to be better integrated into an instructional system we call the "closed loop".