Education is due for a change- but what will it be? Suggestions that we are at a tipping point based on the rise and rise of the internet provides a very limited view of what’s needed to help us help kids to grow up and become positively contributing citizens in a world community which seems hellbent on creating its own extinction. As James Lovelock wrote in his new book, the earth will save itself. We need to understand how to save ourselves.
The E-Change proposed here is an Educational change- not an Electronic Change. To suggest that the Internet is the basis of all change needed in education is simplistic and dangerous. This Educational Change is based on research and experience not just from the education sector, but across a broad range of factors impacting education, community, business and the corporate sectors through environmental, social, psychological, spiritual, economic and other, bases.
This blog will explore and provide stories, snippets, links and thoughts about what educators can do to help the process, and remain relevant to public pedagogy, as well as including information for those engaged in trying to change public policy.
It will also take a ‘treasure hunt’ approach to exploring why much of the human race seems so hellbent on self-destruction and what we need to know to create the attitudinal change that will form the basis of E-Change.
A decade ago I tried to identify key factors impacting on education. It’s interesting that the factors haven’t changed in the past 10 years, but the content of each has altered markedly.
FORCES DRIVING EDUCATIONAL CHANGE
1. Changing World
2. Changing Work
4. Intelligence/Body and Brain-based/Constructivist and Developmental Learning
5. Results/Outcomes-Oriented Learning
6. Systems Thinking
7. Expanded Learning Environments and School-work-Higher Learning
10. Environmental Consciousness
11. Useful Assessments and Accountability
12. Increased urbanisation
Thanks to Prince Charles and Co for today’s youtube clip of the day