The Center for Curriculum Redesign’s 4D, or 4-Dimensional, Framework is so named because we believe today’s students must develop in four dimensions – Knowledge, Skills, Character, and Meta-Learning – to serve themselves and society to the most fulfilling extent possible.
Of the four dimensions, traditional education pays the most attention to, with content like mathematics, reading, and writing. But with a world of information at your fingertips, Knowledge is no longer enough. And although attention is being paid to and , teaching any dimension in isolation limits its value.
However, when teachers dynamically infuse Skills, Character, and 12 4D Competencies and 60 Subcompetencies), learners are better able to transfer what they’ve learned to new contexts and to apply those principles outside that discipline. That is the goal of a 4D Education: a whole learner for a whole world.into a modernized approach for Knowledge instruction (through CCR’s
For more information on:
- the research and details that make up this framework, see the seminal text Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed
- the CCR Knowledge Framework, see Knowledge for the Age of Artificial Intelligence: What Should Students Learn?
- Skills, see Skills for the 21st Century: What Should Students Learn?
- the Character framework, see Character Education for the 21st Century: What Should Students Learn?
- the Meta-Learning framework, see Meta-Learning for the 21st Century: What Should Students Learn?