21st Century Learning Initiative (Canada)
As announced in the fall of 2011, CCL will close its doors permanently in the spring of 2012.
CCL deeply appreciates all the support it has received from employees, volunteers and stakeholders since its inception in 2004 and extends heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed to its success.
CCL launched a pan-Canadian program to advance the work of the 21st Century Learning Initiative within Canada in September 2005. The purpose of this program was to engage Canadians in dialogue about new ways of thinking about learning systems, based on the research synthesis provided by the 21st Century Learning Initiative.
Established in 1995, the Initiative, led by John Abbott, is a network of academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from numerous countries. Their goal is to facilitate the development of new approaches to learning that draw upon the most current insights into the human brain, the functioning of human societies, and learning as a community-wide activity. The Initiative brings together research from cognitive science, neurology, evolutionary biology/psychology, cultural anthropology, as well as pedagogy, conventional psychology and systems theory to encourage people to rethink current education systems and institutions.
Since the launch of the 21st Century Learning Initiative (Canada) in September 2005, John Abbott has delivered keynote addresses, led workshops and participated in planning sessions across Canada.
An interactive website has been launched at www.changelearning.ca, which is a virtual community centre to share information and host discussions about meaningful educational change.
This online resource contains reference papers and presentations in English and French, as well as a catalogue of where key references used by John Abbott are available in libraries across Canada.
Evolving Education: Learning in the 21st Century is a three-part series that presents viewers with compelling questions about the way we educate students and offers successful, if provocative, answers. The series celebrates three case studies that reflect the ideas of John Abbott, an advocate of cognitive apprenticeship.
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