Empowering education professionals with twenty-first century skills through master’s dissertation/thesis work

Marta Kowalczuk-Walędziak, Amelia Lopez, James Underwood, Linda Daniela, Otilia Clipa, Tomasz University of Bialystok

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Abstract

This paper aims to explore the potential role of Master’s of Education dissertation/thesis work in developing twenty-first century skills. A total of 600 education professionals studying Master’s of Education programmes in five countries – Poland, Portugal, England, Latvia, and Romania – were surveyed. The findings have revealed that participants recognise the usefulness of twenty-first century skills for their (future) professional practice, and perceive dissertation/thesis work as a valuable foundation for developing these skills. This study offers practical implications for designers of Master’s of Education programmes and contributes to our understanding that this assignment is not only a formal requirement for obtaining a degree, but that it also serves as a pathway towards deepening students’ professional learning.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2021

Keywords

  • twenty-first century skills; master’s dissertation/thesis; master’s level education; education professionals; twenty-first century education

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