Author - Ruth Deakin Crick

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Learning Power: new research identifies Mindful Agency as central to resilience
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Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education
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Learning to Learn – International Perspectives
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Professor Anthony Bryk : Master Class and Public Lecture in Bristol 21st May 2014
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Research Metro Map

Learning Power: new research identifies Mindful Agency as central to resilience

For learning in the complex world of risk,  uncertainty and  challenge, what matters is being able to identify, select, collect, collate, curate and collaboratively re-construct information to suit a particular purpose. This is why there has been a sustained and growing interest in learning dispositions and the personal qualities people, teams and communties need to flourish. As Edgar Morin says: We need a kind of thinking that reconnects that which is disjointed and compartmentalized, that respects diversity as it recognizes unity, and that tries to discern interdependencies. We need a radical thinking (which gets to the root of problems), a multidimensional thinking, and an organizational or systemic thinking After fifteen years of experience in the research and practical application of learning power using a survey tool called the Effective Lifelong[…]

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Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education

I’ve just returned from this conference at which I gave a paper reporting on our proof of concept study in applying hierarchical process modelling to school improvement: Evaluating Wider Outcomes of Schooling, the ECHO project. The paper reporting the project has just been accepted for publication in Educational Management, Administration and Leadership. Improvement Science – Systems Architecting The theme of the conference was Improvement Science. In the world of Engineering and infrastructure, this would be called ‘systems architecting’. It was about a holistic, rigorous approach to improving organisations as complex systems, engaging all stakeholders in defining purpose, analysing the system, defining a measurement model, rapidly prototyping improvement strategies, whilst harnessing collective intelligence and ‘learning our way forwards’. There were thought[…]

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Learning to Learn – International Perspectives

Learning to learn is crucial for success in our complex, unpredictable and data-drenched world. This new book from members of the Learning Emergence Network explores learning to learn from theory and practice around the world.  See our people pages for many of the authors.  Learning to learn is both a process and an outcome of formal education, along with other trans-disciplinary and life-wide competences. It goes deep into pedagogy and practice and is influenced by culture and context. As an outcome, it is a competence we aspire to measure and celebrate. Learning how to learn is a crucial competence for human flourishing in 21st century conditions of risk and uncertainty.  It is one of eight key competencies identified by the European Union as a[…]

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Professor Anthony Bryk : Master Class and Public Lecture in Bristol 21st May 2014

Prof Tony Bryk (President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).  He will be providing a one day masterclass, followed by a public lecture on the Design-Educational Engineering and Development (DEED) approach to school improvement. This work has inspired several projects in the UK including a study into student engagement in Oasis Academy John Williams  Book me a place!… Professor Tony Bryk Tony Bryk was a leading figure in the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CSSR).  Over twenty years they developed a theoretical and empirical framework which is holistic, participatory and based on understanding that “schools are complex organisations consisting of multiple interacting sub-systems. Each subsystem involves a mix of human and social factors that shape the activities that occur[…]

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Research Metro Map

At the Festival of Postgraduate Research event held on Friday 21/02/2014 at Bristol, we presented a metro map of our research interests. Not surprisingly there was a great deal of overlap in our research areas – which has been plotted on the metro map. Although it provided visitors to our stall with a great overview of our research interests, it was more important to us, as a research centre, to see the relationships between us.  What was interesting was being able to observe the emergence of a dialogue as we looked at the map on the day, not only in terms of shared interests but in the potential links. We intend to continue the discussion to develop this map further[…]

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