Delivery or design

There is no doubt that globalisation has created a greater demand for quality education and there are pressures to rethink the nature and rationale of our curriculum.  It leads us to ask questions such as how can we continue to confine knowledge within old frameworks? What possibilities are opened up by the availability of new … More Delivery or design

NAPLAN: friend, foe or on the fence?

Late last year, the University of Western Sydney’s Whitlam Institute commissioned  a national survey of over 8,000 educators on the impact of the annual National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). There were very few surprises in the results which found that many teachers believed NAPLAN had negatively affected their practice and narrowed the … More NAPLAN: friend, foe or on the fence?

From the outside in

I’m in Singapore this week, giving a keynote and doing a workshop for the 3rd International Project Based Learning Symposium. It is easy to see why Singapore is among the world’s top five performing school systems when there is such a strong focus across the education sectors on developing learner and teacher skills such as … More From the outside in

Creativity crisis

There has been a lot of discussion around the topic of creativity.  Educators and society in general seem to agree on the importance of creativity – but do our schools provide a fertile ground for our teachers and students to develop and cultivate this attribute? In Will Richardson’s blog, he argues that on the whole … More Creativity crisis

Crowdsourcing education

Could students learn from strangers or learn from lessons created by people who are not teachers? Could your next best lesson come from an outside source, someone with knowledge but not organisational authority, and delivered to the student via the web. If so, what would this mean to teachers and students? What would this mean for … More Crowdsourcing education

Why the question is more important than the answer

If education is essentially a search for meaning, then should our goal as teachers be to ask good questions even when there are no clear answers? For decades, our education systems have been built around the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student.  The prescribed curriculum provided one path through the maze and gave students few opportunities to … More Why the question is more important than the answer