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Fullan (2018) cover Fullan’s seminal ideas on educational change October 18, 2021 by PeterT Posted in: Description

Michael Fullan is a (or perhaps the) world leading authority on educational change. So when he identifies 'seminal ideas' on educational change it is worth engaging with them. Here is a summary of his 12 seminal ideas, which he identified in his auto-biography. (more…)

Which school would you choose? Subjective well-being – the ultimate metric? September 26, 2021 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion, Policy, Practice

It seems reasonable to want to be able to evaluate the effectiveness of public schooling. The problem is that the metrics that are currently used are inadequate and distort practice. Would the subjective well-being of the school community be a better metric and if so how could you measure it? (more…)

Covid-19 Education Neoliberalism COVID-19, education, neoliberalism September 26, 2021 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

Are you familiar with the game rock, paper, scissors? (Rock beats scissors, paper beats rock, scissors beats paper). I think we need a modern version: COVID-19, education, neoliberalism. Let me explain ... (more…)

From nano-credentials to micro-credentials Introducing nano-credentials September 23, 2021 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Practice

We are familiar with micro credentials - things like digital badges. One of the claimed advantages of micro-credentials is that they enable you to assess competences (knowledge, skills and dispositions) that cannot easily be assessed or captured using traditional metrics (e.g. exams, essays). Assessing competences (e.g. leadership; resilience) often involves looking at what people do, looking at their practice, at their ability to apply 'knowledge' in particular contexts. This creates a problem, which nano-credentials will help to overcome. (more…)

1 of 6 Trust, Empowerment and Learning with Digital Technology August 31, 2021 by PeterT Posted in: Practice

The COVID-19 crisis raised many issues about the purpose(s) of schooling, views about what should be learnt and what learning looks like, and who is responsible for young people’s learning. The rapid move from face to face to online schooling involved some amazing and some terrible uses of digital technology. Perhaps most glaringly was the difference between those who tried to maintain formal schooling, with virtual lessons interspersed with ‘independent learning’ (which in practice often meant filling in worksheets) and those who used it as an opportunity to spark young people’s intrinsic curiosity and capacity to learn. In both cases digital technology was critical. However, in the latter case so too was having a digital mindset. (more…)