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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
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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

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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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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