Increasingly it is recognised that there is a need to innovate to enable greater creativity, flexibility, learner input and so forth, and to deliver a more personalised educational system and foster new skills amongst learners.
21st Century PedagogyWed, 03/12/2008 - 19:54 -- admin
Greg Whitby, Executive Director of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Paramatta in Australia speaks of the urgent need to transform how both schools and teachers understand what they do to meet the needs of the students and realities of the 21st century. Mr. Whitby has been widely recognized for his leadership in the area of learning and teaching in a digital age.
The School of Tomorrow, TodayThe Hadley Learning Community opened on the 1st September 2006 and is located in the community of Hadley in central Telford.HLC is a £70 million PFI project, in partnership with Interserve that represents a major investment by the Brorough of Telford & Wrekin Council in creating a 21st Century learning campus.
Catching the Knowledge Wave: The Knowledge Society and the Future of EducationThu, 02/07/2008 - 14:08 -- adminJane Gilbert says that knowledge is now a verb, not a noun – something we do rather than something we have – and explores the ways our schools need to change to prepare people to participate in the knowledge-based societies of the future.
Read our staff review of Catching the Knowledge Wave?, below.
About the author
Jane Gilbert is a chief researcher with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. She has a background in teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels.
The Unfinished Revolution: Learning, Human Behavior, Community and Political ParadoxMon, 02/04/2008 - 15:29 -- admin
Innovation And Collaboration Key To School Improvement ProgramThe goal of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) is to improve student learning and performance by supporting initiatives that address unique needs and circumstances within school authorities. AISI funding is targeted, which means it is provided to school authorities for specific local initiatives that are focused on improving student learning. About 1200 AISI projects were developed and implemented during the first two cycles (2000-2006), with over 300 more initiatives in progress in the present.
A Policy Paper: The Strategic and Resource Implications of a New Model of LearningThis Policy Proposal, from the 21st Century Learning Initiative in the UK, is written to assist those in positions of influence to initiate powerful changes to current educational arrangements. The circumstantial evidence for such a transformation of learning is drawn from the best in research and practice from around the world. The paper shows that better informed, and more effective, models of learning could be organised through a redistribution of expenditures and responsibilities, at a total cost no greater than current levels of expenditure.
Learning with the Grain of the BrainIf young people are to be equipped effectively to meet the challenges of the 21st century it is surely prudent to seek out the very best understandings from current scientific research into the nature of how humans learn before considering further reform of the current system.
This article by John Abbott and Terence Ryan appeared in the Spring, 1999 issue of Education Canada.
battery hens or free-range chickens: what kind of education for what kind of world?There is more material now about the nature of human learning than at any previous time in history. Why, therefore, do we have a “crisis” in education? John Abbott, discusses what is known about how humans learn and develop from birth through adulthood and how our education systems have it “inside out and upside down”.
No Time for Complacency: 2007 Annual Report on the State of Learning in CanadaThis report by the Canadian Council on Learning examines many of the factors that contribute to successful lifelong learning—from early childhood, through the school years and into adulthood. It also takes a special look at the link between health and learning, and at the learning challenges faced by Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.
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(Source: Canadian Education Association)
Redefining Knowledge for the Post-industrial AgeJane Gilbert discusses the modern knowledge-based society and and explores the meaning of ‘knowledge’ in our current context. Gilbert also explores the history of thinking about education and how and why these ideas need to change.Read the article by clicking on the live link to the Canadian Education Association website, below.
Jane Gilbert, formerly a secondary teacher, is a chief researcher with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Getting It Right for Adolescent Learners: A Call to ActionInspired by events and conversations at their 2006 symposium, theCanadian Education Association developed this site to create a meeting place for Canadians interested in exploring how we can get it right for adolescent learners. The site highlights principles that represent what we know about how best to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of adolescents in our schools and makes recommendations for action by educators, schools, government and education associations.
Report: Public Education in Canada -- Facts, Trends and AttitudesWith this report, the Canadian Education Association provides a context for rethinking schools to drive dialogue and critical thinking about the challenges we face in educating all students to take their place in a world of dynamic social, technological and economic change.
educational reseachers promote whole child approach to learningHow do we equip today’s students with 21st century skills necessary for success? The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) proposes a new whole child approach, supported by research, to provide the foundation for success in school, the workplace, the community, and life. ASCDalso proposes a broader definition of achievement and accountability that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Curriculum Development Group Urges Focus Shift to Whole ChildThe definition of a successful student has to change from one whose achievement is measured solely on the basis of test scores to one who is healthy, emotionally and physically inspired, engaged in the arts, and prepared for employment in a global economy.
Do Schools Kill Creativity?: Ken Robinson speaksThu, 12/20/2007 - 19:28 -- admin
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize — much less cultivate — the talents of many brilliant people. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. The universality of his message is evidenced by its rampant popularity online. Watch it now.
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Education is Inside Out, Upside Down: John Abbott SpeaksWed, 12/19/2007 - 18:33 -- admin
John Abbott speaks about how schools have it wrong.
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John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.
The changelearning website project emerged from the collaboration of John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart, the Executive Director of [[http://classroomconnections.ca/|Classroom Connections]], a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing student learning.
Five Minds for the FutureMon, 12/17/2007 - 16:36 -- adminWe live in a time of vast changes that include accelerating globalization, mounting quantities of information, the growing hegemony of science and technology, and the clash of civilizations. Those changes call for new ways of learning and thinking in school, business and the professions. In Five Minds for the Future, noted psychologist Howard Gardner defines the cognitive abilities that will command a premium in the years ahead:
re-envisioning educationIf we want our youth to turn into adults that are fulfilled, literate and connected to their families, culture, and global communities—what do we need to do? If we want life-long learners, ingenious thinkers and creative problem solvers, how do we nurture those qualities? If we want kids that are passionately engaged in life and society, where do we start? And if we want a society that spends less on jails, social services, crime prevention and health care, what needs to change?
The Need for ChangeOver 40 billion dollars a year is spent in Canada getting our children from Kindergarten to Grade 12,[i], yet over 40% of our youth fail to meet expected performance levels for basic subjects[ii] and almost one quarter of our children fail to graduate with their peers.[iii]. Students are disengaging grade by grade[iv], a trend illustrated by their increasing dislike for school[v], declining academic achievement[vi] and rising rates of teenage depression[vii] and suicide[viii]. Contrary to Canada’s most fundamental democratic tenets, minority and low-income children are the hardest hit[ix].
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