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Closing Plenary: The Architecture of Quality - Peter Brown

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Closing Plenary: The Architecture of Quality - Peter Brown

  1. 1. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy The Architecture of Quality in Language Education for the future Peter Brown EAQUALS Conference, Belgrade – 15th November 2014
  2. 2. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy Theory without practice has no feet Pratice without theory has no head Prof. Enzo Tonti, Università di Trieste Reflection – Belgrade, 2014:
  3. 3. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy •What do we mean by „Quality Education‟ ? •So far, QA and QC in language environments has been the „compliancy model‟ (pb) •Checking against, inter alia: –Laws and regulations –Industry “standards” –Self-imposed criteria e.g. EAQUALS Charters •Can we move on and build on this? •Compliancy as the bedrock on which to build Refections – Belgrade, 2014:
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  10. 10. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy •But pre- & pro-scriptive, very poor QA and QC •Fallingwater re-engineered after only 60 years – cf Brunelleschi‟s Duomo in Florence, Sir Christopher Wren, ... •Massive cost overruns, delays, violations of planning/building laws - the Guggenheim •Leaking roofs, poor heating & ventilation •Frank Lloyd Wrong? •Moving from the architect to architecture The downside – Belgrade, 2014:
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  14. 14. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy •What can we learn from architecture? •Things we should or could be doing? –Let‟s try to apply the qualities of architecture –Let‟s look at plan and elevation •Things we should avoid doing? •Can architecture provide insights into the relationship between the practical and the creative, the measurable and unmeasurable, how to establish whether we have been „successful‟ from a learner‟s perspective? Challenges – Belgrade, 2014:
  15. 15. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy •Architecture (A) seen as composition •A is a planned, co-ordinated activity •A uses plans which can be replicated •A cannot be done alone, requires others •A comes to you, surrounds you •A has both functional & notional components –F: basics to keep you warm, dry, provide shelter –N: defines space, form, provides aesthetic •A brings people, materials, purpose together What can we learn? – Belgrade, 2014:
  16. 16. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy •FL teaching/learning (L) seen as composition •L is a planned, co-ordinated activity •L uses plans which can be replicated •L cannot be done alone, requires others •L comes to you, surrounds you •L has both functional & notional components –F: basics of communication –N: defines space, form, provides aesthetic •L brings people, materials, purpose together Relevance for us? – Belgrade, 2014:
  17. 17. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy •„Big Data‟ and a mathematical universe (EAQUALS has potential access to big data) •DNA (2-bit A+T, C+G) and „small data‟ •„Free‟ vs. Open access •Numbers and imagination •GDP vs. Human Development Index (HDI) •What is possibly the single greatest mistake made in architecture in the last 100 years? Reflections – Belgrade, 2014:
  18. 18. both students have the same net score 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 -25 -20 -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 Net Score Responses Submitted by Student 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 Student 57 Fractal D = 1.60 Net Score Responses Submitted by Student fractal alert: alert teacher and learner to intervene responses submitted over course student who will succeed - smooth Fractal = 1.60 student who will fail or not complete – noisey Fractal = 1.94 Efficacy Analytics: identifying learners at risk Patent awarded 2013 Efficacy and improving learner 18 outcomes, EAQUALS April 2014 Courtesy: Dr Adam Black - Pearson
  19. 19. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy “In a global economy, and there has been one for three thousand years, it is the non-market institutions which will shape the economic world” Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize for Economics 1998 Trieste, February 2003
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  23. 23. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy In future, Quality Assurance could also mean ... •Efficacy – fit for purpose – appropriate, but within constraints & resources •Expeditious – deliverable quickly, and in its totality, within time frames e.g. school years •Efficient (measuring outcomes) –Minimum: waste of resources –Maximum: benefits, for the largest n° of learners Take home messages – Belgrade, 2014:
  24. 24. •Proposal: The Quality Index (pb) •Compliancy +: the Architecture of Quality, the three Es •Quantitative – how much a learner can do –but also parameters: simple equations to relate time on task, cost involved (both temporal & monetary), level reached, ... •Qualitative – how well a learner can do –assessments of range, accuracy, control, ... –the teaching-learning environment, ... •Thus an organic architecture into which we place teaching-learning, outcomes, innovation, creativity, ... QI must focus on the “language inhabitant” or “language citizen” Take home messages – Belgrade, 2014:
  25. 25. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy 1) Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler 2) Not everything that can be counted counts 3) Not everything that counts can be counted Albert Einstein … and – Belgrade, 2014:
  26. 26. British School Via Torrebianca 18 Trieste - Italy The Architecture of Quality in Language Education for the future Food for thought for version 8? And the Developmental Group? Peter Brown EAQUALS Conference, Belgrade – 15th November 2014
  27. 27. The British School FVG – Trieste Via Torrebianca, 18 Trieste – Italy ++39 040 369.369 Trieste@British-FVG.net British School Trieste 2014
  28. 28. The British School FVG – Trieste Via Torrebianca, 18 Trieste – Italy ++39 040 369.369 Peter.Brown@British-FVG.net British School Trieste 2014

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