Masters Theses/Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Spring 3-3-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction (MAE)




Dr. Dee Knoblauch

First Committee Member

Dr. Dee Knoblauch

Second Committee Member

Dr. Daniel Cho

Third Committee Member

Dr. Diane Ross


21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, PBL, Four Cs of Learning, Curriculum Development

Subject Categories

Higher Education


The purpose of this study is to present a 21st century curriculum designed specifically for fourth grade students. The curriculum utilizes the Four Cs of learning and Project Based Learning frameworks, in order to provide best practices for all students to achieve academic success and 21st century skill development. The following question framed the literature research that was conducted to develop this curriculum: How can we create a curriculum that covers required academic content standards while incorporating 21st century skills in order to prepare our students to be successful in their future endeavors? The question was answered through literature research regarding best practices for incorporating 21st century learning within the classroom. The research was combined with culturally relevant pedagogy criteria to develop a cross curricular curriculum that teaches, English language arts, social studies, science, social emotional standards, as well as, 21st century skills. The sample unit plan is a guide for other educators interested in incorporating this curriculum into their own classrooms.

Licensing Permission

Copyright, some rights reserved. Attribution – Noncommercial – No Derivative Works



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