Category - Authentic Enquiry

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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
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Rethinking Educational Leadership: an open space symposium

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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Rethinking Educational Leadership: an open space symposium

In January a group of   experienced practitioners and researchers in education and business met together in an Open Space Symposium designed to bring fresh thinking to the current challenges facing school leaders and to generate new ideas about leadership development.  The Open Space Technology provided a means of capturing the collective intelligence generated by the group in response to the core question. This report Rethinking School Leadership Bristol Leadership Forum Open Space Symposium Report January 2013 is the result of these two days.  It is designed as the beginning of an ongoing conversation.   The following themes were identified by a thematic analysis of the Open Space Sessions. Key ideas were highlighted and abstracted from their context,  coded on post[…]

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