Category - Authentic Enquiry

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Complexity and Pedagogy – Shanghai Workshop
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Hampshire Teaching Schools Alliance: Becoming Research Teachers focused on improving Deep Learning Across Transitions
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DEED+ELLI+AI+CI = Systemic School Learning
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PhD studentship at OU to study EnquiryBlogger
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Modelling Learning Dynamics

Complexity and Pedagogy – Shanghai Workshop

Ruth, Chris and I have just spent an extraordinary week in Shanghai in an intensive, highly ’emergent’ workshop designed to reimagine educational systems (research and practice) as complex adaptive systems. The event was hosted graciously by East China Normal University (Institute of Schooling Reform & Development), a Key Research Institute in the University of National Educational Ministry. We partnered with Prof. Li Jiacheng at ECNU as it became clear that our visions and values for systemic learning systems design are closely aligned. With further backing from University of Auckland, participants were invited from New Zealand, Australia, China and UK. ECNU’s ground-breaking work is led by Prof. Ye Lan (CCTV interview), who is shaping national policy on reforming the school system[…]

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Hampshire Teaching Schools Alliance: Becoming Research Teachers focused on improving Deep Learning Across Transitions

The Hampshire Teaching Schools Alliance has formed a Networked Improvement Community with structured social arrangements which joins academic research, clinical practice and commercial expertise in sustained programmes of Design Educational Engineering and Development (Bryk et al 2010).  This is an approach to improvement which is being developed in education by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teacher Education It  offers a productive synthesis across the research-practice divide. It aims to meld the conceptual strength and methodological norms associated with traditional research  with the contextual specificity, deep clinical insight and practical orientation characteristic of action research. Participants in a Networked Improvement Community endorse shared, precise, measureable targets which achieve a shared purpose.  They address shared,complex problems and participate in whole[…]

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DEED+ELLI+AI+CI = Systemic School Learning

Introduction We’re excited to report the unfolding story about how we are using the groundbreaking work of Tony Bryk‘s team on  Design, Educational Engineering and Development (DEED), as a methodology for systemic school change. This is combined with the University of Bristol’s Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI), which forms part of a process of Authentic Inquiry (AI) for students, teachers and leaders. The insights from these prototypes are then shared via a novel website, from the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, for harnessing Collective Intelligence (CI), called the Evidence Hub. This is  an exciting convergence, since as you are about to see, the school piloting this reports that it has catalysed a profound shift in how they think about professional development.[…]

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PhD studentship at OU to study EnquiryBlogger

PhD Studentship, Open University UK (2013-16): This PhD project builds on validated pedagogical models for learner-driven enquiry, scaffolded by blogging software and associated learning analytics, to create a reflective, social, learning journal. The research will start by analysing the data already gathered from prior research in schools, design new contexts for studying this phenomenon, and refine the analytics. Experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis required, programming not required but an advantage. Funding consists of stipend £40,770 (£13,590/year) plus fee bursary Please contact Simon Buckingham Shum and Rebecca Ferguson at the OU to discuss this informally before applying. Learn more about EnquiryBlogger…

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Modelling Learning Dynamics

Shaofu Huang presented his doctoral research at a seminar of the Centre for Systems Learning and Leadership on Wednesday 24th April. This is an exciting application of complexity theory and systems modelling in the social sciences and demonstrates that for teachers, engaging students in deep learning is complex and unpredictable – more like a design challenge than a script to be followed.

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