Getting used to chαnge

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Getting used to chαnge

  1. 1. Getting Used to ChαngePreparing Yourself for TransformativeChange in Alberta’s Education SystemStephen Murgatroyd, PhD FBPsS FRSA Chief Scout, The Innovation Expedition
  2. 2. 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)
  3. 3. Revolved Around … (1953 – 1969) Home School
  4. 4. Spent My Real Leisure Time at..
  5. 5. Vacation
  6. 6. My Education
  7. 7. Elementary(1953- 1961)
  8. 8. St Bede’s Grammar School (1961 – 1969)
  9. 9. University College, Cardiff 1969-1973
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Technology
  13. 13. The Technologies in My Life 1955-1969
  14. 14. Exciting New Technologies1969 - 1973
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. instant access
  18. 18. highly customized experiences
  19. 19. producers + consumersprosumers
  20. 20. some of their classroomSOME of their classroomexperiences feel like..…
  21. 21. The Impact of the Great Reset An Age of Significant Disruption (just ask Hosni Mubarak)
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. • 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
  24. 24. • 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
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. Students need to focus on problemsolvingusing “wicked problems”to harnessknowledge
  27. 27. relevant and authentic
  28. 28. designEnable:TrustchallengesRisk-TakingCreativityFounded on sound knowledge ofcore subjects
  29. 29. embrace digital tools embrace digital tools
  30. 30. harnessthe power of design
  31. 31. customized learning experience
  32. 32. NOT Provincial Achievement Tests
  33. 33. The Implications
  34. 34. more project based work, less instruction
  35. 35. more personalizedlearning..
  36. 36. more PEER TO PEER learning – less instruction
  37. 37. more OUTCOME based learning – less focus on process & time…
  38. 38. more work /community based learning credits and less school based classroom work
  39. 39. MoreCourseCREDITSfrom nonschoolproviders
  40. 40. More Options for the Teacher to Design & Create Learning Opportunities
  41. 41. More ROUTES to High School Diplomas
  42. 42. 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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