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Passport of Competences for the 21st century

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Training young people with the necessary competences for embracing the 21st Century.

When students finish compulsory education, they receive a quantitative classification and a certificate that validates students' knowledge. But what about other competences? Beyond knowledge, students need to develop a range of competences that prepare them for a global world. Validating these competences will help teachers improve their pedagogical practices and to prepare students for life.


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March 2021
The use of this instrument allows all of those involved in education to identify the difficulties that arise and to draw the individual profile of each student at any given time.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Pedagogical practices should be oriented to help students develop a certain profile throughout their academic life. However, as the competences necessary for success in work are not quantitatively certified by schools, they aren’t given the necessary importance. Furthermore, assessing only acquired knowledge doesn’t consider the individuality of each student or the challenges of our global world.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

Since 2017, portuguese schools follow the Perfil Aluno à Saída da Escolaridade Obrigatória (oficial document). This document is based on 10 areas of competences (languages and texts; information and communication; critical and creative thinking; reasoning and problem solving; scientific, technical and technological knowledge; interpersonal relationships; personal development and autonomy; well-being, health, and environment; aesthetic and artistic sensibility and body awareness).
A support platform was created for teachers to have a guide with criteria for the acquisition of each competence. The criteria was adapted to the different school years and allows teachers to monitor and manage student learning, and the curriculum more effectively. It also allows students to have their individuality abilities recognized and recorded in a document. Since the key competences for the 21st-century are largely the same for all European Union countries, its use could be extended to other countries.

How has it been spreading?

Over the past 6 years, this pedagogical innovation has been tested and improved at the end of every academic year, with input from all the students and teachers who used it.
It has also been presented as a best practice in different meetings, lectures, and national and international seminars, to be disseminated and used in as many schools as possible.
The more widespread the platform and its use becomes, the easier it will be to create a 21st-century skills passport that is globally accepted and that can serve as an addition to the curriculum vitae of the youth. This implies a common agreement on the key competencies and then the operationalization and adaptation of these competencies to each country's programs.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

1-look at the students' profile of competences of your country. If there isn’t one, look at international profiles (eg. World Economic Forum). 2-define the criteria for each competence and define the different proficiency levels. 3-adapt the operationalization of competences to each school year as well as the assessment criteria. 4-create a Passport of Competences to be assigned to the students.

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