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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.


Why Change?


The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice - OECD, 2010

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




John Hattie Research: What Works Best in Education

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

Superclasses and other ways of collaborating - Professor Stephen Heppell

What is the Collaborative Classroom?  - NCREL Research 1990


 Student Involvement


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

Googledoc links from Think Beyond 

Physical Environment


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

Harvard Flexible Learning Spaces video

Space Exploration - Harvard and High Tech High

Waitåkiri School example 

Physical and spatial designs can function as a provocation for imagining the possibilities of innovative learning and collaboration. - Deakin University



Horizon Report K-12, 2015

Envisaging the Future of Educational Technology

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.

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