Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (Print ISSN: 1098-8394; Online ISSN: 1528-2651)

Abstract

Educating the 21st Century Learners: Are Educators using Appropriate Learning Models for Honing Skills in the Mobile Age?

Author(s): Oparaocha Gospel Onyema, Pokidko Daniil Hanken

The world of the 21st century learner is full of boundless possibilities for the use of multimedia and interactive technologies in the learning process. However, many educators seem to be ‘foot-dragging’ in regards to embracing of modern ICT in the classrooms. This paper points out two distinctive needs in order for educational systems to overcome the existing challenge: the need for a new learning theoretical framework, and the need to continuously educate teachers on new ICT use in classrooms. In return to these needs the UNESCO ICT-CFT Model is presented, which from the authors point of view covers the requirement for a robust framework, while also highlighting salient issues pertinent to the 21st century learner generation. We propose the ‘flipped learning’ model as an alternative for more engaging and impactful learning. Entrepreneurship education programs can serve as prominent avenues to actualize this proposal.