Design Educational Engineering and Development

How do we improve the quality of Research and Development for school improvement?   Improving the organization of educational R&D requires answers to three seemingly straightforward questions:

  • What problem(s) are we trying to solve?
  • Whose expertise is needed to solve these problems?
  • What are the social arrangements that will enable this work?

While these questions appear to be simple, in the last decades our field’s responses to them have been confused. When the answers to these questions are disorganized, the natural result is a cacophony of questions and innovations that fail to accumulate into real progress on core concerns.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teacher Education is pioneering an approach to educational improvement which draws on systems thinking and engineering.  See ‘Building Networked Improvement Communities’

Deborah Good, Post Grad student at the Centre for Systems Learning and Leadership at the University of Bristol is applying these ideas to her own secondary school, where she is responsible for professional learning as well as a focus for her research.  Check out her slides here:  Prototyping Case Study