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Video: Jane Gilbert on new educational ideas

November 12th, 2009


[17MB streaming Flash video]

Jane Gilbert, Chief Researcher at NZCER discusses new educational ideas and how real change might be effected and sustained, as presented on day 1 of The Shifting Thinking conference: 3 November 2009.

Setting: a well-loved chair outside the rehearsal room at Circa theatre, during day two

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  1. | #1

    Hi Bill, it’s great to have you here! On the subject of schools learning to work with a new curriculum, you might be interested in this report from the first phase of a study looking at how a selection of case study schools have been working with the new New Zealand Curriculum (2007). Some of my colleagues at NZCER are collaborating with researchers at University of Waikato on this work: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Archives/Implementation-project-overview/Implementation-exploratory-studies-updates
    I wonder whether the themes in the report are similar to what you have observed in Northern Ireland?

  2. Bill Latimer
    | #2

    Just joined the blog and am just trying to pick up on some of the ideas. very interested in the reference to an old post by Rachel Bolstad which raises some key questions;- Do we create learning environments where teachers feel they belong – so that they are secure enough to be able to take risks, try out new things, be open to new ideas? What are the factors that encourage risk taking and innovation? What are the best ways to support teachers (who after all have been conditioned by 20th Century ideas about schools) to try out new ideas and model the sorts of learning behaviours we want for our students?
    In Northern Ireland we are 2 and a bit years into a major curriculum change which has involved implementing a revised curriculum from early years to age 16. One of the major challenges we faced was encouraging teachers to take risks with active learning strategies especially as we have a very performance orientated education system. One of the key factors which seemed to have a major influence on teachers taking risks was the leadership of the principal in the school.

  3. | #3

    @Rachel Bolstad
    I just re-read this old posting by Ally and thought it was an interesting to think about in relation to this video interview.

  4. | #4

    It’s interesting what Jane’s saying here about that process of being able to separate/externalise certain deeply-held parts of ourselves in order to really see them, examine them, and in some cases, be able to rethink them. For me that was one of the most interesting things about the Shifting Thinking conference.

    At other conferences, it seems like the audience is just there to receive, absorb, and perhaps judge or critique whichever ideas the presenters are putting out there. In other words, the presenter does all the hard work!

    At Shifting Thinking, particularly through the use of the thinking tools, I felt that we were also encouraged and supported to put *ourselves* in front of our own eyes during the conference, to notice our own ways of thinking, not to mention to notice how our thinking was engaged, changed, provoked through engagement with others – whether by listening to their presentations, or discussing things in groups, etc. It was also nice to hear some of the Act II speakers speak candidly about various things they’ve learned about their own ways of thinking in relation to the ideas in their talks.

    Though it was sometimes quite hard work, I found this a very useful process and neither threatening nor narcissistic(which could easily be the case for any kind of structured/guided proces for self-examination)

    I’m curious to hear what others thought about this process. How did it feel to be given both the permission and the tools to examine your own thinking at the same time that you were engaging with the ideas of the conference?

  5. Diana-Grace
    | #5

    Appreciate having a listen to this b4 I make the children’s dinner.

    My perenial question is how do I sustain my capacity and contribute to my teams capacity for working towards change.. and I have to say meeting like minded peeps and moving into ACT IV together is ticking the dodekahedron! :)

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