The Future of Schooling

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A miniMOOC by Peter Twining, created in 2020.

This isn't really a MOOC, mini or otherwise - it is a set of materials that you can work through independently.

These materials explore the need for schooling to change, visions for schooling in the future, and a suggestion about a strategy for moving towards a new vision for schooling.

Research

This set of materials serves two purposes:

  • It aims to enhance your thinking about schooling
  • It is a mechanism to collect data to feed into my research on the future of schooling - if you choose to fill in the polls/surveys.

You can work through the materials without completing some or all of the polls/surveys (though this will provide you with a less effective learning experience).

By submitting your responses to the polls you are giving your informed consent for that data to be included in my research. Once you have submitted data it cannot be withdrawn from the research.

Any data you generate by submitting the polls/surveys will feed into my work on the future of schooling. As such it will be analysed and may be included in research reports in a range of formats. Before the data you submit is analysed it will be de-identified.

Find out more about the research

The materials

This materials take approximately 2 hours to complete if you engage with all of the activities.

The materials are based on my inaugural lecture at the Open University (OU) back in 2019. They set out my views about schooling. Working through these materials, including completing the polls (which ask for your views on aspects of schooling) should take you about two hours.

1 Intro
2 Why
3 Schooling = quality education
4 Schooling is problematic
5 The purpose of schooling
6 Educational visions
7 Values and Beliefs - Challenges
8 Rate of change
9 Goals (10 mins)
10 Curriculum priorities
11 Yin-Yang Curriculum
12 Curriculum, pedagogy and learning
13 Barriers to change
14 Assessment, digital technology and change
15 Disruptive change strategy
16 Summary of my argument
17 How am I doing so far?

Start working through the materials