Volume 18 · Number 2 · Pages 153–157
The 4E Approach Applied to Education in the 21st Century

Ronnie Videla & Tomas Veloz

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Context: The 4E approach proposes an alternative framework for understanding cognition and learning. However, its application to the study of education in the 21st century is incipient. Problem: What are the challenges of 21st-century education in the field of cognition and learning? How can the 4E approach be implemented in educational processes? Method: This introduction outlines the challenges of 21st-century education and the progress that the 4E approach has made in the different perspectives presented in the contributions of this special issue. Results: Today, we find a limited but growing number of studies on the 4E approach applied to education. We argue that the 4E approach presents a propitious field for the challenges of education in the 21st century, especially for the understanding of teaching and learning in socio-material and technological environments, as well as new research tools that support theories of learning with empirical evidence. Implications: A better understanding of the constructivist perspectives on the application of 4E in education can guide future research in education as well as novel teaching methodologies.

Addendum: Tomas Veloz is also affiliated to the Departamento de Matemática, Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Las Palmeras 3360, Ñuñoa, Santiago 7800002, Chile.

Key words: 21st-century skills, 4E approach, pedagogy


Videla R. & Veloz T. (2023) The 4e approach applied to education in the 21st century. Constructivist Foundations 18(2): 153–157. https://constructivist.info/18/2/153

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