Presented at ECER2009, Vienna, this presentation displays the findings from the first year of the Future(s) of Education Project. The final question becomes how much do we trust student's voice in making curricular and process choices about their own education?
Student Choice: First Year Findings of Future(s) Project
How do New Designs for Education and Education Leadership Include Concepts of “Least Intrusive Education (LIE)? Or other forms of student-driven curriculum? Presented at ECER: Vienna, Austria 28/Sep/2009, 2:00pm - 3:30pm Network: 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
a hard job, little pay, difficult work place focus on efforts to improve schools
How Do We Prepare Our Young People to Thrive in the World They Will Inherit? A world we cannot imagine
Abstract <ul><li>Using PAR methods </li></ul><ul><li>Data from the first year show persistent questions </li></ul><ul><li>Revolving around ideas relating to student-driven vs. educator-driven choices </li></ul>
<ul><li>Networked participatory action research </li></ul>
Education is not rocket science , it is much harder than rocket science. No scientist would willingly take on an experiment with an unlimited number of variables in motion all the time It requires troublesome work to undertake the alteration of old beliefs . Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself . John Dewey
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>
<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>
Education IS NOT schooling although it may include schooling Schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them. Ivan Illich
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).
Educator-driven process. Student-driven process. Educator-driven curricula. Current education in schools in much of the world. The least flexible online education. Project Based learning. The most flexible of online education. Student-driven curricula. Doctoral dissertations or thesis work. Lifelong learning for students of all ages.
Why Not You? 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