The National Research Council of the National Academies of Science have just published a report titled Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century.

Here’s a short summary from ASCD SmartBrief:

A 21st-century education requires the development of cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, according to a recent report that seeks to define what is meant by buzzwords such as “deeper learning” and “21st-century skills.” Among those skills, researchers say, the most difficult to teach and to assess is the transfer of learning from one discipline to a new concept or idea.

It sounds good but, let me tell you, it sure is a dense report. I read a lot of research papers, but my even my eyes started to glaze over and I just had to stop.

Happily, Sarah Sparks at Education Week wrote a useful summary and you can read another article about it at Inside Higher Ed.

Please let me know if anyone else was willing to subject themselves to reading the thing and writing a summary…