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Why traditional schools can never be effective September 6, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

I have argued elsewhere that (human) learning is the process of becoming part of an enduring collection of people who are mutually engaged in a shared endeavour, they have shared purposes and shared ways of working. In this context, I argued that teaching should involve inducting young people into such communities. However, this clearly creates a problem for schools. (more…)

Mountain peaks Radical change strategy August 30, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Opinion

In previous posts I have talked about why school is a problem, how people learn and hence how we should teach, what should be learnt in school, and that we need to think more radically about the design of schooling. In this post I suggest a strategy for achieving this sort of 'disruptive innovation'. (more…)

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…)