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The Attributes of 21st-Century Teachers: A Case Study



Janet S. Labisig and Genelyn R. Baluyos, 2024. The Attributes of 21st-Century Teachers: A Case Study. United International Journal for Research & Technology (UIJRT). 5(3), pp75-99.


Teachers must be equipped with the skills needed by the educational environment of the twenty-first century, and school administrators and stakeholders are crucial in this process. The study explored key attributes of 21st-century teachers in the Iligan City Division during the school year 2022-2023 using a case study design. Purposive sampling was used to select the fifteen participants for the study. In-depth face-to-face interviews were conducted with all the participants to gather information from the school heads, teachers, and students. Data analysis followed Yin’s (2014) six-step method, revealing five core attributes of 21st-century teachers: digital literacy and technological proficiency, adaptability and flexibility, collaboration and communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving, and global awareness and cultural competence. Furthermore, the study identified three key support areas for teachers in acquiring these attributes: integrating technology into classroom instruction, professional development, and policy alignment and recognition. A symbiotic relationship between teachers, school leaders, and stakeholders is vital for fostering a dynamic and adaptive educational environment in the 21st century. School leaders, education policymakers, and the broader community work together to support and empower teachers with the essential attributes required for 21st-century education.

Keywords: digital literacy, policy alignment, technological proficiency, school heads, stakeholders.

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