Esther Care

Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution, USA

Esther Care is a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution where she leads global projects which explore the integration of 21st century skills into national education policy and practice. Beyond focus on innovative methods for assessment of 21st century skills, Esther explores the implications of introduction of these skills into the curriculum for classroom practices and pedagogies. Now leading the Optimizing Assessment for All project at Brookings, Esther, with colleagues and in-country partners in Asia and Africa, is developing classroom-based tasks and approaches to promote student acquisition of transferable skills such as problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. As the research lead for the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills project 2010-2013, she has specific expertise in assessment of collaborative problem solving, as well as use of online platforms for capturing demonstrations of student skills to inform our depth of understanding of these complex skillsets. Also a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia, Esther publishes widely in peer reviewed international journals in educational psychology, assessment and measurement, and education reform. She has undertaken and researched large scale assessment both in traditional domains of literacy and numeracy as well as newly valued domains such as collaborative problem solving and digital literacies.


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