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This is a lecture given to Year 4 students on a teacher education programme in Plymouth, UK.

This is a lecture given to Year 4 students on a teacher education programme in Plymouth, UK.

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  • 1. The Purpose of Educationhttp://static.guim.co.uk (and how it can be transformed) Steve Wheeler
  • 2. www.students.ou.edu
  • 3. knowledgeor wisdom? http://slated.org
  • 4. Surface Learning Deep Learning Marton and Säljö (1976)
  • 5. DataENG InformationAGEM KnowledgeENT Wisdom Transformation
  • 6. Knowledge KnowledgeKnowing that Declarative ComprehensionWisdomKnowing how Procedural ApplicationTransformation AnalysisKnowing why Critical Synthesis Evaluation http://slated.org
  • 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/specialkrb/2772991999
  • 8. Skills students need for business• Critical thinking/Problem solving• Leadership and vision• Agility/Adaptability• Initiative/Entreprenuerial• Effective Communication Skills• Access and Analysis of Information• Curiosity/Imagination Tom Wagner (Harvard University) http://www.flickr.com/photos/specialkrb/2772991999
  • 9. The goal of education“If you think education is expensive… try ignorance.” – Derek Bokhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk
  • 10. What’s the best thing about school? – my friends
  • 11. What’s the worst thing about school? – being treated like you’re an idiot
  • 12. Doctors save lives.Teachers make lives.
  • 13. The Goal of Education“The goal of education is to enrich the lives of students while producing articulate, expressive thinkers and lifelong learners that are socially responsible, resilient, and active citizens of the world. Education is about teaching students, not subjects.” – Dave Truss http://ucsbvrc.files.wordpress.com
  • 14. “Education allows children to develop the skills and Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010 confidence they need to strengthen their societies, break the cycle of poverty and build peace in their communities.” - Save the Children
  • 15. “We all need tocare more abouthow the children ofthe world arebeing educated.”(Steve WheelerLearning with ‘e’s:February 2010)
  • 16. Does education need transformation? "In large states public education Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010 will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad." http://www.swissinfo.ch/media - Nietzsche Source: Chambers English Dictionary
  • 17. Factory education model? Synchronisation Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010Compartmentalisation Batch processing Standardisation http://farm4.static.flickr.com
  • 18. Personalised Learning? Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010 http://www.delasallewaterford.com
  • 19. Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010 http://flickr.com/photos/thomcochrane/416206133/Education is changing for young people as they experience self-directedlearning, (mostly outside school) about things that interest them. Source: http://community.learningobjects.com
  • 20. Young people’s out- of-school experiences with technology can Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010 mean that students find the presentation of school curriculum less challenging, lesshttp://encefalus.com/ relevant and less engaging. Source: http://community.learningobjects.com
  • 21. “For the first time we are preparing Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010 students for a future we cannot clearly describe.” – David Warlickhttp://www.leics.gov.uk
  • 22. The pace of change isacceleratingHow will we keep up with it?
  • 23. Transformation…• …to change people or things Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010 completely, espe cially improving their http://katmaund.blogspot.com/ appearance or usefulness• …to convert one form of energy Source: Banksy to another
  • 24. Fair measures? Assessment of, or for, learning?http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenhester/3901158717/
  • 25. Source: http://www.masalatime.com
  • 26. Source: http://www.masalatime.com
  • 27. Source: http://www.masalatime.com
  • 28. Source: http://www.masalatime.com
  • 29. Source: http://www.masalatime.com
  • 30. Ipsative assessment
  • 31. "In the times of rapidchange, learnersinherit theEarth, while thelearned findthemselvesbeautifully equippedto deal with a worldthat no longer exists." washingtonrebel.typepad.com- Eric Hoffer
  • 32. We dont needto reform thesystem. Weneed to replacethe system.~ Alvin Toffler www.strategy-business.com
  • 33. Learning Styles? Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010“There are as many learning styles as there are people.” – Wheeler (2009) http://fluorescentflicker.files.wordpress.com
  • 34. VAK model Visual Seeing and reading Auditory Hearing and speakingKinaesthetic Touching and doing
  • 35. Multi-modal learning...? Auditory Visual Kinaesthetic
  • 36. ...or Confucius repurposed? I hear, I know Auditory Visual KinaestheticI see, I remember I do, I understand
  • 37. Situated Learning I hear, I know Cognition Deeper Auditory Learning Visual KinaestheticI see, I remember I do, I understand Memory Meta Cognition
  • 38. I cannot teach anyone. All I can do is make them think.Education – drawingout the potential of each individual (Educere)
  • 39. Doctors save lives.Teachers make lives.
  • 40. “We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” www.topnews.in - Sir Tim Berners-LeeHere are some strategies to consider…
  • 41. Be creative“You can beimaginative all daylong and never doanything. To becreative you have todo something.Creativity is appliedimagination”.– Sir Ken Robinson http://www.wizdomeducation.com
  • 42. Join all nine dots using four straight lines. Do nottake your pen from the paper and do not go backover any lines.
  • 43. Thinking outside the box
  • 44. A man enters a field with an unopened package and dies. Why?
  • 45. A man enters a field with an unopened package and dies. Why? Lateral thinking
  • 46. Look for the teachable moments http://www.candyapplecostumes.com
  • 47. Step outside your comfort zoneAll learningbegins when ourcomfortableideas turn out tobe inadequate.- John Dewey http://www.dancinghearts.org
  • 48. Get yourself a vision “It’s not easy being blind, but it must be tragic when you can see, but you have no vision.”http://www.aph.org/hall_fame/images/keller4.jpg - Helen Keller
  • 49. Positive Deviance“Somewhere in yourorganization, groups ofpeople are already doingthings differently andbetter. To create lastingchange, find areas ofpositive deviance andfan their flames.”- Pascale & Sternin(Harvard Business Review)
  • 50. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. - Rabindranath Tagorehttp://limpa-vias.blogspot.com/2007_11_01_archive.html
  • 51. What will it take totransform education?
  • 52. Go and be crazy