Archive - February 2011

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Culture Futures – learning and culture change go hand in hand
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What is systems thinking?
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Authentic Enquiry meets Theory U
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Change Stories: teachers’ accounts of how they changed their practice
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Coaching for learning at Noadswood School

Culture Futures – learning and culture change go hand in hand

What is Culture|Futures? Culture|Futures is an international collaboration of organizations and individuals who are concerned with shaping and delivering a proactive cultural agenda to support the necessary transition towards an Ecological Age. The Cultural sector that we refer to is an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, inter-genre collaboration, which encompasses policymaking, intercultural dialogue/cultural relations, creative cities/cultural planning, creative industries and research & development. It is those decision-makers and practitioners who can reach people in a direct way, through diverse messages and mediums. Affecting the thinking and behaviour of people and communities is about the dissemination of stories which will profoundly impact cultural values, beliefs and thereby actions. The stories can open people’s eyes to a way of thinking that has not been considered[…]

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What is systems thinking?

These two lectures by Professor David Blockely were given in the University of Bristol in February 2011. They are a really good way to get a handle on systems thinking and how it’s applicable to the world in which we live.  They are called A Tale of Two Systems.  If you like them and the traditional lecture format then there are five more in the series which you can find on you tube or at the systems centre at the UoB.

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Authentic Enquiry meets Theory U

Mark was at the Authentic Enquiry Design Principles workshop and came up with this visual description of the thinking and learning capabilities.  Eight steps become five stages of a journey and meet Theory U in a natural context.  And you wouldn’t complete the journey if it wasn’t your motivation/commitment/choice. And you would emerge from the valley a little different and stronger than you went in.  Authentic Enquiry as a Valley Photo (Valley near Mt Kawaikini Kauai Hawaii)is by Simon Tong (http://si.smugmug.com/)  and is Creative Commons Licensed.

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Change Stories: teachers’ accounts of how they changed their practice

Visiting University of Kent at Canterbury yesterday, I met Sally Fincher. She is  running an intruiging project called Change Stories, a narrative approach to eliciting accounts of practitioner learning: Our Question When do you make changes to your teaching? What gives you the idea? What do you do then? Our Idea: We aim to gather hundreds of real examples of how and when and why educators change their practice. Narrative is important to authentic enquiry. Even more interestingly, this is a project as part of her work on a Cognitive Edge course, arising from the work that Dave Snowden has been developing over the last decade, on the application of complexity theory to sensemaking. The  narrative database you’re taken to[…]

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Coaching for learning at Noadswood School

Learning Futures Evaluation Meeting  Noadswood School 31.01.11 Eddie and Jenny describe their professional learning in prototyping ‘coaching for learning’ with their year seven classes, as part of their Enquiry Based Learning project.  The project began with a  Hook Day, followed by a two week break, then the Enquiry Project which ran on for 5 weeks, although it was planned to be shorter than this.  Jenny was leading the ‘control’ group, i.e. Enquiry and no formal coaching, while Eddie was leading the ‘experimental’ group which included formal coaching, as taught by Sam Green and the Waitrose team.  The key theme offered by the teachers was ‘conflict’.  Qing collected a significant amount of data from students and observations in Eddie’s class, and[…]

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