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Assessing learning dispositions/academic mindsets
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Research Metro Map
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Complexity, modelling and infrastructure futures: embedding learning in future business models
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Complexity and Pedagogy – Shanghai Workshop
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2013 SCLL Seminar Series: Leadership, Learning and Social Justice

Assessing learning dispositions/academic mindsets

A few years ago Ruth and I spent a couple of days with the remarkable Larry Rosenstock at High Tech High, and were blown away by the creativity and passion that he and his team bring to authentic learning. At that point they were just beginning to conceive the idea of a Graduate School of Education (er… run by a high school?!). Yes indeed. Now they’re flying, running the Deeper Learning conference in a few weeks, and right now, the Deeper Learning MOOC [DLMOOC] is doing a great job of bringing practitioners and researchers together, and that’s just from the perspective of someone on the edge who has only managed to replay the late night (in the UK) Hangouts and[…]

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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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Complexity, modelling and infrastructure futures: embedding learning in future business models

Professor Brian Collins is leading a multi-institutional research project the ‘International Centre for Infrastructure Futures’. A team from the University of Bristol is leading on the ‘learning framework’ for the business models which will enable us to learn from the projects and from each other. Here, Professor Brian Collins introduces the project and the challenges we face. The deficiencies of our traditional, fragmented, sectoral approach to infrastructure creation and management are becoming more apparent as poorly appreciated interdependencies make infrastructures vulnerable to service disruptions and cascade failures. These lead to capacity limitations, inefficiencies, poor reliability, low adaptability and missed opportunities, which are further exacerbated by poor data and information about interdependencies in and between sectors at the organisational, commercial and[…]

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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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2013 SCLL Seminar Series: Leadership, Learning and Social Justice

We are kicking off the new seminar series in style with two Visiting Professors, John West-Burnham and Howard Green both members of the Centre for Systems Learning and Leadership. GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 35 BERKELEY SQUARE, BRISTOL 30th October 2013,  1700-1830     This seminar will explore the issues and implications of seeing education, and leadership in education, as key protagonists in the search for social justice and equity as essential elements of democratic society. The central question is “To what extent is it the role of educators to become socially active in addressing issues of social disadvantage and working to ameliorate the negative influence of a divided and divisive society?” The seminar will start with the exchange of ideas[…]

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