Getting Used to ChαngePreparing Yourself for TransformativeChange in Alberta’s Education SystemStephen Murgatroyd, PhD FBPsS FRSA Chief Scout, The Innovation Expedition
Growing Up in My “World” 1950 - 1973 Born. Bradford, Yorkshire 1950 Oct 31 Educated: St Patrick’s, St Clare’s and St. Francis Primary and St Bede’s Grammar University: University College, Cardiff (now Cardiff University) Married: 1970 Children: James (1976) and Glyn (1978) Grandchildren: Lily (2010)
The Social Contract 1969 - 1973• “Get a good degree you will have a job for life..” Father• “Don’t worry about looking for work, people will come looking for you…” Careers Guidance Officer• “Don’t get ambitious, stay where you are and all will be well – its when you get ambitious that things start to go wrong..” Professor• “Don’t get ideas above your station…” Virtually everyone
The Schools I Went To..• Were conceived in the 1870’s and required in the 1940’s• Designed around industrial production models – Batched learning – students by age batches – Streamed by ability – grammar, secondary modern and technical – Separated by gender – Taught in groups of 30 (ideal batch size)• Had one dominant form of pedagogy + sports – great deal of teacher flexibility in what they taught• Focused on a broad range of subjects – English, history, math, geography, French, Latin, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, Drawing and Music• Public examinations at 11 (streaming), 15 (in or out) and 18 (if you were still there)• Required specialization decision at aged 15 (science versus arts)• Did not use technology (until 1967)• Were resistant to change
Quick History of Technology• Colour television in UK 1967• Hand pocket calculators 1972• First handheld cell phone 1973• Apple 1 launched 1976 and the Apple II in 1977• Microsoft established 1981• Osborne portable in a suitcase 1982• Dell begins operating 1984• Internet widely available 1994• iPod launches 2001• iPad launches 2010
Imagine a Child Starting School Today Born: 2005 Education: That Nice Elementary University: Sometimes and Eventually Completed University Married: Probably a Few Times if at All Career: Varied with 18-22 Job Changes
some of their classroomSOME of their classroomexperiences feel like..…
The Impact of the Great Reset An Age of Significant Disruption (just ask Hosni Mubarak)
The Six Big Disruptions• Economic Disruption – Decline of the US as an economic superpower and the emergence of the BRIC’s economies – The great recession and the jobless recovery – Mergers and Acquisitions – Low productivity in Canada Falling competiveness – Decline of traditional industry and emergence of new..• Political Disruption – Terrorism – Power relationships – China, India, US and EU versus Others (e.g. Copenhagen COP15) – Federal – Provincial Relations (e.g. health care) – Cause driven movements – anti HST, Tea Party (US) – new democracy
• Social Disruption – Decline of democracy as a form of governance – Globalization and social networks• Demographic Disruptions – Low level of birth replacement for many northern countries – High level of birth for aboriginal peoples, India, Asia – Challenges for literacy and numeracy – Global war for talent
• Environmental Disruption – Climate change – Water as a challenge – Eau Canada – Energy and stewardship – Natural resource economies and environmental concerns• The Disruption of Personal Identity – Blurring the line between connection and connectivity – marriage, family, community – Shifting identities in the workplace – the multigenerational workplace
Some ImplicationsWe are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist inindustries that are just emerging in economies that are changing amidst a global war for talent
Students need to focus on problemsolvingusing “wicked problems”to harnessknowledge
Six Suggestions for New Learning• More project based work, less instruction• More personalized & peer learning, less instruction• More outcome based learning, less focus on process (especially time in class)• More work based learning credits and credit from third parties• More routes to High School Diplomas• Teach less – learn more.. And more opportunities for teachers to “own” their curriculum..
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