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Boy looking through fence We need schome August 23, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

In a series of earlier posts based on my OU inaugural lecture I outlined why school is a problem, how we should teach and what young people should learn. This implied far reaching changes to schooling as we know it today. However, I suspect that I didn't go far enough. In this post I suggest that we need to think even more radically about schooling (see Figure 1). (more…)

I'm off to Australia Moving to Australia August 16, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Opinion

After nearly 24 years working at the Open University in the UK - most recently as Professor of Education (Futures) - I have decided to move to Australia (as Professor of Education (Innovation in schooling and educational technology) at the University of Newcastle (in NSW). Several people have asked me 'Why?'.

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Curriculum What should be learnt? August 9, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Opinion

During my inaugural I asked participants to rank how important they thought a number of different possible 'learning outcomes' would be in 2033. The results are shown in Figure 1 below. As you can see the highest ranked item was (more…)

Book cover for Quantitative Ethnography Brief review of Quantitative Ethnography (Shaffer 2017) August 2, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Description, Opinion

As nobody wanted to give me a review copy I went out and bought this book, and I’m glad I did. It is a good book – it is an important book – indeed I think every researcher (whether coming from a positivist or interpretivist standpoint) would benefit from reading it. (more…)

Boy asleep on laptop How should we teach? July 27, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Opinion

In my last post I set out why I thought schooling as it currently exists is a problem. In this post I start to explore possible solutions - specifically by looking at how we ought to teach.

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