The schome vision
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There is a real tension in thinking about schome which might be summed up in a dichotomy between a blue skies and a pragmatic/strategic approach.
The blue skies approach
We should start from a blank page - no constraints, no pre-conceptions - and design the ideal education system to meet the needs of individuals and society in the 21st Century.
The advantage of this approach is that we can design the ideal system rather than ending up with something that only half does the job.
The drawback with this approach is that we won't be taken seriously by government or other folk who will need to take us seriously if we are going to actually implement schome.
The pragmatic/strategic approach
We would design schome based on of the best that's out there already, and then adds a whole lot more.
The advantage of this approach is that we would be more likely to be taken seriously and thus to succeed in implementing our vision.
The disadvantage is that this approach would restrict our thinking, and we might end up with a less than optimal solution.
A third way?
Perhaps we need both - we need to understand what works (pragmatic) and what the potential is (blue skies) in order to build our vision. We then need to develop a strategy for getting there.
The aims of education section provides thoughts about what society and individuals 'need' any education system to 'provide' - it looks at what the purposes of education should be.
The Aspire Pilot is a project that is working with young adults to put in place the infrastructure to support people in envisioning schome.
The vignettes section provides ideas to stimulate thinking about what schome must do and might be like.
Then there are the visions themselves:
- Adaptive interactive tutoral computer-based learning (Alfred Bork)
- Supported parental personal tuition (John Adcock)
- Pocket education (Alan Slater)
- A 'community apprenticship' model (User:PeterT)
- Hugo's vision pictures
- StBoniface's College visions
- The Association for IT in Teacher Education and visions
- The one-room schoolhouse
- A dialogic vision (Rupert Wegerif)
- Add a link to your vision here
- The Future Some thought provoking and very Schome relevant predictions. Recommended viewing!
- the New Horizons for Learning website which includes a range of educational vision papers
- What if ...? Re-imagining learning spaces (1.34mb pdf) which includes a range of 'Future scenarios' (p27 onwards).
- 2020 Visions: Transforming Education and Training through advanced technologies (pdf) which includes around 15 visions from the US in 2002.
- Visions 2020.2: Student views on transforming education and training through advanced technologies (pdf) which includes a range of visions from young people in the US in 2005.
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Links to make us think
Conceptual Notes - a grand term for some pages that have ideas that seem important to the schome vision debate Provocations - a collection of ideas/activities to provoke your thinking about what visions of schome
Second Life - a virtual world where we might be able to build schomeEckert, P. (1992) The School as a Community of Engaged Learners, Working draft, Palo Alto CA: Institute for Research on Learning.
Planning & Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces
JISC funded infoKit on designing future learning spaces for FE and HE.
Their Space: Education for a digital generation
Green, H. & Hannon, C. (2007) Their Space: Education for a digital generation, London: Demos.
http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/theirspace (viewed 20-Jan-2007)
Unteachables - a Channel 4 site that has lots of ideas about schools of the future - including a great 'design your own school site
iNET student online conference The first online conference for students, which was focussed on nine themes from David Hargreaves book, Personalised Learning: Next Steps in Working Laterally (2004). Following the student conference there was a week for adult discussion of the issues raised by the young people.
The 'School Works' online questionnaire on school building design - not only a very cool web interface but also raises some issues about different aspects of school design - and you can contribute to their data.
Carroll, T.G. (2000). If we didn't have the schools we have today, would we create the schools we have today? Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 1 (1): 117 - 140
Clinchy, Evans (2003). Rethinking "Academic Achievement: Is This What Really Want for Our Children? Progressive Perspectives, 4 (2)
CyberText A site with lots of links to stuff about the future of education, including some Technology Colleges Trust 'vision' conferences.
Coulson, Andrew (2003). Implementing "Education for All": Moving from Goals to Action. A paper prepared for the 2nd Incontro Internazionale Milanoliberal, 2003.
JISC (2006) Designing Spaces for Effective Learning - a webpage providing access to a paper (or PDF) publication of the same name, which looks at learning space design in FE and HE. Some interesting ideas. Also has links to other resources re learning spaces.
Marshak, David The Inquiry School: A Sketch of a High School for the Next Generation
Naace (2006) Future Learning: How to transform learning in the school of the future. A webiste linked to the 'Transformed Education' project - has ideas about what needs to change and how ICT might facilitate these changes, based on views of members of Naace (who are generally folk involved in ICT in school level education - Local Authority advisors, academics, consultants).
Newby, Mike (2006) Teaching 2012: Report, London: TDA. Report on the debate at a sequence of regional seminars held between October 2005 and March 2006 in England in which participants shared their views on teaching in 2012.
QCA Futures A website that explores how the curriculum (and assessment) need to change to meet the needs of the time. Some useful stuff here - which one might not initially expect to come from the body responsible for the National Curriculum in England! http://www.qca.org.uk/10969.html
What does it mean to be 'educated' in the 21st century? Read the penultimate paragraph first -highly Schomic.