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21st Century Learner
Reading is a window to the world.
The degree to which students can read and
understand text in all formats and all contexts is a key indicator of success in school
and in life.
Inquiry provides a framework for
Students must develop
the skills to thrive in a complex
information environment.
Ethical behavior in the use of
is a requirement in
an increasingly global world of
Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire
the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
Learning has a social context.
Learning is enhanced by opportunities to share and
learn with others. Students need to develop skills in sharing knowledge and learning
with others, both in face-to-face situations and through technology.
According to the American Association of School Libraries “learners use skills,
resources, and tools to:
1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and
create new knowledge.
3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our
democratic society.
4. Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.”
Excerpted from Standards for the 21st-Century Learner by the American Association of School Librarians, a
division of the American Library Association, copyright © 2007 American Library Association. Available for
download at Used with permission.
American Association of School Librarians