Why Change ?
These are my attempt to provide the most up to date articles and research on the changes affecting schools. This represents the 'here and now' of schooling, which I believe has a very limited shelf life. Nevertheless, it provides a way forward for considering change. If you have the mind frame for more provocative material about the future of schools, education and learning get in touch...
The initial reading about innovative learning environments can be sourced at:
The graphic New Zealand Education in 2025: Lead with Pedagogy, Accelerate with Technology also provides a very useful summary.
The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice. Innovative Learning Environments Project. How can the learning sciences inform the design of 21st century learning environments? Practitioner Guide by Dumont, Istance & Benavides, OECD
Rethinking Education UNESCO, 2015 - especially pages 47 - 56
21CLD Learning Activity Rubrics - Microsoft 2012
New Pedagogies for Deep Learning - Michael Fullan et al
Innovative Educational Experiences - 96 initiatives from around the world showcased
MLP or Just Effective Pedagogy - VLN Conversation
What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise - John Hattie, 2015
What is the Collaborative Classroom? - NCREL Research 1990
Designing a learning space: When students dream of learning, just how good might that learning become? iBook by Juliette Heppell
The Engaging School - a Handbook for School Leaders from the Innovation Unit
Best Compilations of Research
The Quo Has Lost its Status - A top site from Tony Grey, Te Kowhai School
I get asked a lot about the research on open learning environments. I have put this last because people get hung up about physical spaces. School is a LearningEcosystem (yes with no gap, come to one of my workshops if you want to know why...)
Here is what I believe:
- Collaborative spaces do not lead to collaborative practice.
- Collaborative practice is a 'people thing'.
- A 'people thing' is about school culture and high quality teaching practices.
- The building of collaborative spaces is an enhancing factor for collaborative practice.
- It's the people that make collaborative spaces work, or not.
- Collaborative spaces can create disruptive change, which pushes some out of their comfort zones because it requires re-thinking rather than re-tinkering.
Innovative Learning Environments - Innovative Use of Innovative Space and Infrastructure - starts page 58
Linking Pedagogy and Space - Dr Ken Fisher
Research from Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) - Stephen Harris
Flexible Learning Spaces - Ministry of Education NZ
Does a MLE Suit all Learners? Derek's Blog (all his posts are worth reading)
Clever Classrooms - University of Salford, 2015
Innovative Learning Environments Research Study - Deakin University
Learning Spaces - Educause - tertiary focused but relevant to all
MLE in NZ Secondary Schools - Masters Thesis by Jo-Anne Bisset
Physical and spatial designs can function as a provocation for imagining the possibilities of innovative learning and collaboration. - Deakin University
Not for the Stones - this googledoc is shared with those who are the boundary pushers, the bridge spanners and the positive deviants in education. They see the need for exponential change and wish to be agents of change. Click on the link if you are interested in finding out more about 2016 opportunities.
Dr Cheryl Doig is currently curating a book on collaboration, with input from around the globe.
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