The education landscape is rich with contemporary theory that serves as a solid base for contemporary practice.
The following is a sample of the theories I am currently using to inform my work as a system leader. It challenges and stretches you as a professional and gives rise to those ‘lightbulb’ moments.
As educators, we owe it to our school communities to be up to speed with contemporary theory, research and best practice.
What I personally think, prefer or believe provides a lens though which I view these theories but it should never replace it.
The most recent work of Sir Ken Robinson who questions the purpose of schooling, Brian Caldwell who calls for a more balanced curriculum and John Hattie whose evidence on what makes the greatest difference to student learning provides diverse yet sound approaches to school improvement.
This is why intellectual rigour is so important – it reguires an engagement on the part of everyone to be discerning and critically reflect on current theories and research that informs practice. What can you add to the list?