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Networked Participatory Action Research: How it worked in the first year of the Future(s) of Ed Project

The Future(s) of Education Project puts networked participatory action research in motion using an primarily web based context. this research presentation covers the first year as it discusses the development for the network. Presented at CARN 2009, Athens.

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Networked Participatory Action Research: How it worked in the first year of the Future(s) of Ed Project

  1. 1. <ul><li>Networked Participatory Action Research to Address the Future(s) of Education: First Year Successes and Challenges </li></ul>A presentation at the Collaborative Action Research Network conference, CARN, 2009: Athens, Greece, 31 October, 2009.
  2. 2. Interesting Ideas
  3. 3. a hard job, little pay, difficult work place focus on efforts to improve schools
  4. 4. Networked participatory action research
  5. 5. How Do We Prepare Our Young People to Thrive in the World They Will Inherit? A world we cannot imagine
  6. 6. Context www.futureofeducationproject.net
  7. 7. Meanwhile in South Florida, USA
  8. 10. Research Design
  9. 11. Data from <ul><li>Christ Church, New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Isle of Wight, United Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>Florida, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Kampala, Uganda </li></ul><ul><li>Kinsale, Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Calcutta, India </li></ul><ul><li>Site visits from 44 countries </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Willingness to consider alternatives to schools (88%) </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on problems rather than strength building perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Hole in the Wall was popular </li></ul><ul><li>Links to Ivan Illich </li></ul>
  11. 14. CHOICE: educator/student-driven curricula/process   Educator-driven process. Students driven process. Educator-driven curricula. Educator-driven curricular choices with professionals the guiding, and assessing the entire process. Educator-driven curricular choices delivered in online or other modular context, so that students decide upon and employ skill sets and outcomes of their own choosing. Student-driven curricula. Student-driven curricular choices with adults facilitating process and skill sets that aid mastery. Student-driven curricular choices with little or no adult facilitation (LIE).
  12. 15. <ul><li>2008-2009 NPAR: Qualities that made things work Vs. Inhibiting Factors </li></ul><ul><li>Excitement </li></ul><ul><li>Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Regularity </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Busy-ness </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Belief </li></ul>
  13. 16. <ul><li>Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>International perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration vs Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Local teams will question involvement </li></ul><ul><li>The world is lurking </li></ul>
  14. 17. <ul><li>Why Not You? </li></ul><ul><li>We are actively recruiting: </li></ul><ul><li>Youth videos/ideas/voice </li></ul><ul><li>Survey takers </li></ul><ul><li>Team leaders for 3 mtgs. </li></ul>Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does. Margaret Mead
  15. 18. www.futureofeducationproject.net http://www.socialurl.com/alanajames [email_address]

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