Nurturing students' 21st-century skills in the classroom: Indonesian EFL teachers' practices
Institut Agama Islam Negeri Kerinci, Indonesia
Universitas Islam Negeri Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin Jambi, Indonesia
This study aimed to assess the degree to which Indonesian secondary school EFL teachers have integrated 21st-century skills into their teaching and to investigate teachers' perceptions of their understanding of these skills and the significance of training for skill integration. Furthermore, the study sought to determine whether differences in perceptions regarding 21st-century skill integration existed between gender, school levels, and age. A survey of 141 teachers across 11 regencies or cities in a province in Indonesia was conducted. Results showed that the integration of 21st-century skills was unsatisfactory, as the frequency of integration was only between 1-3 times per month on average. Although half of the teachers had good knowledge of 21st-century skills, 40% had never received training on this topic. No significant differences were found in the level of integration based on gender and school level. However, age was a significant factor. Implications for policymakers, curriculum designers, pre- and in-service training programs, and teachers in the Indonesian context are put forward.
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|Authors: Dr Daflizar is an Associate Professor at Institut Agama Islam Negeri Kerinci, Indonesia. He obtained his MA (TESOL) and PhD degrees from the University of Canberra, Australia. His research interests include learner autonomy, language learning strategies, language teaching and learning, technology-based language learning, and English teacher professional development.|
Dr Alfian is an Associate Professor at Universitas Islam Negeri Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin Jambi, Indonesia. He obtained his MEd from the University of Hawai'i USA, and EdD from Flinders University of South Australia. Alfian's research interests include educational curriculum, ELT, learning strategies, teacher education, and educational technology.
Please cite as: Daflizar & Alfian (2023). Nurturing students' 21st-century skills in the classroom: Indonesian EFL teachers' practices. Issues in Educational Research, 33(3), 897-919. http://www.iier.org.au/iier33/daflizar.pdf