Definitions of skills tend to focus upon their technical composition or how they are used to support a country’s development. In the context of 21st Century skills this involves investigating two important and related issues. A total of 5 country case studies have been selected for understanding how governments define their 21st century skills. The case studies were chosen to compare and contrast how countries at different stages of development define this term.
The UK definition of 21st century skills is narrow and focuses upon two specific areas, namely employability and personal skills. In some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. However, the term employability is associated with the world of work and what people need to succeed in the labour market. Whereas, life skills have a wider meaning and refer to skills that people need to succeed in society (and not just business). Whereas the broad definition given to 21st century skills focuses upon the skills that Britain needs to develop and become more productive, as well as