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About PeterT

Professor of Education (Futures) at the Open University, focussed on issues to do with the purposes of education, the management of educational change, and enhancing education systems, informed by understandings of learning, pedagogy and the potentials of digital technology Views expressed are my own.

What is a knowledge based curriculum?

I was in a school recently that described itself as having a 'knowledge-based curriculum'. Walking round the school with the head the key elements of this, which seem to be common across most secondary schools that I have visited, were: ...continue reading "Why is a knowledge based curriculum no longer fit for purpose?"

One of the challenges facing the NP3 team was how to describe and differentiate between the pedagogical practices in the classrooms that we were researching. In essence, what were the key features of practice that needed to be considered in order to differentiate between the teaching in each setting? The obvious answer seemed to be to use core theories of learning and development as the basis for a framework to help us compare pedagogy across contexts.  ...continue reading "The Innovative Pedagogy Framework"

How do you describe how young people are using digital technology outside school in ways that are concise yet comprehensive enough to allow meaningful comparisons across instances?  ...continue reading "The Digital Practice Framework"

How do you describe how digital technology is being used in education in a way that is concise yet allows useful comparison across contexts?  The Digital Technology Impact Framework highlights key elements of practice involving digital technology across three dimensions. ...continue reading "The Digital Technology Impact Framework (DTIF)"

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Individual fulfilment and Universal wellbeingIn a previous post I introduced the Yin-Yang Vision (Individual fulfilment and Universal wellbeing), and highlighted the importance of your underlying assumptions for your mission, strategies and intended outcomes. In this post I set out some of the core assumptions underpinning the Yin-Yang Vision and start to unpack the vision by clarifying its key intended outcomes. ...continue reading "Unpacking the Yin-Yang vision"

Digital literacy is another of those slippery terms which we use frequently but which are open to very different interpretations. Thus we are frequently talking at cross purposes.

At one end of the spectrum digital literacy is seen as ...continue reading "What do you mean by digital literacy?"

Michael Merrick (@michael_merrick)
Scratch the surface of the ‘21st century skills’ brigade, & the justification you always seem to get revolves around serving the market/business/tech sector. Which is more dystopian (and properly Gradgrindian) than any school getting a bit over-zealous with a knowledge curriculum

I feel this needs a response of more than 280 characters. So here it is ...  ...continue reading "21st century skills are important because …"

Last Friday Fiona Aubrey-Smith asked me a great question about the table that attempted to summarise the main points in some guidance that I had written for Computers & Education about qualitative research. It was great because it extended my thinking. Fiona's question was ...continue reading "Extending guidance on qualitative research"

I have some old (ex OU) equipment that needs a new home:

  • A range of data logging equipment (which should probably be kept as one set)
  • 3 Digiscope digital microscopes
  • A set of EZClickpro clicker and infra red sensor (class response system)

Ideally we'd like to give this kit (free) to a school, maker space or ...continue reading "Old data logging kit looking for a good home"

This post attempts to summarise a Twitter thread about how to encourage student questions which went viral in August 2018. @MrsSasser ’s initial post explained how apparently small changes in the way she asked students if they had any questions had a massive impact on the number of questions that they asked. ...continue reading "Helping students to ask questions"