The 21st Century Learning Initiative grew out of the merger in 1985 of the theoretical/policy driven views of the Education 2000 trustees (a national body established two years earlier under the Patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh), with the more broadly based practical understandings of change described in a local Feasibility Study known as ‘Hertfordshire 2000’, and the new insights into the learning process emerging from biomedical and cognitive research.  Both groups were “… concerned that the normal mechanisms for change within education were insufficient to meet the challenge of equipping young people to lead creative, purposeful and responsible lives as they face unprecedented technological, economic and social change”. In other words, they were more concerned with process than content.


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