Fundació Jaume BofillUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)


We are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Debats d’Educació by giving the educational community the opportunity to air its views

Competencies and learning in a globalized world

What competencies are necessary in today’s world? What learning processes support the development of these competencies? How is such learning evaluated? How can the talents of each person be detected and fostered?

Though the debate surrounding what children should learn at school today is still wide open, it appears that it does not have to be the same as what we, who are now adults, learned. In this regard, the consensus is increasingly broader. Apparently, our education systems, whose basic features are still established to respond to the industrial economy, are encountering many difficulties in providing the value demanded by today’s society, in a knowledge-based global economy. We currently have all information within reach and it does not seem reasonable to waste energy storing it in memory, when what has become paramount is how to sort and what to do with the avalanche of information available. In this scenario, what is ever more important is the necessary knowledge in order to find the information, understand and analyse it critically. The capacity to recombine this information and use it creatively is particularly significant. Greater value is attached to communication and collaboration skills to respond to challenges, posed by the rapidly changing world in which we live and by such a complex climate as the current one, in an innovative and sustainable manner.

This perspective on learning is not trivial nor does it only propose a change of statements on the curriculum. We do not yet have a clear enough idea of what the school of the future should be like, but reconceiving it seems to be more and more of a priority so that, by rethinking teaching and learning methodologies, school organisation, evaluation strategies and collaboration with the surroundings, education establishments may be capable of offering the skills that the 21st century requires of citizens. We have schools and secondary schools that are trying out solutions to these and other issues, but the challenge seems incapable of being met by means of a reform process. The required innovation calls for a more in-depth transformation of the education system and, ultimately, of the day-to-day dynamics of each school.


The 3 things they have learned...

Yong Zhao Yong Zhao
Presidential Chair and Associate Dean at the College...
  • 1Global competence
  • 2Creativity
  • 3The Entrepreneurial Spirit
Neus Sanmarti Neus Sanmarti
Professor Emeritus at the Autonomous University of...
  • 1Without knowledge we cannot be competent
  • 2Pupils need to be taught to find pleasure in knowledge
  • 3To be autonomous we must be capable of self-evaluation
César Coll César Coll
Professor of Educational Psychology at the University...
  • 1Teaching within the framework of a new ecology of learning
  • 2Educating competent learners
  • 3Adding learning and the school curriculum to the process of personalization
Dolors Reig Dolors Reig
A social psychologist and expert in social media, she...
  • 1Learning to Learn throughout your life
  • 2Augmented learning
  • 3Honest learning
Jaume Sarramona Jaume Sarramona
Professor Emeritus of Pedagogy at the Universitat...
  • 1Competencies as learning objectives
  • 2The evaluation of competencies
  • 3The mythification of the official gazette
Ángel I. Pérez Gómez Ángel I. Pérez Gómez
Professor of Didactics and School Organisation
  • 1From knowledge to wisdom
  • 2The significance of emotions
  • 3Ethical commitment and social community