Blogs

All blogs

All blogs in date order.

Workshop 2012

This blog contains material related to the Shifting Thinking Workshop, 3-4 May 2012. You can also explore a set of permanent  pages about the Workshop, using the navigation toolbar across the top of the homepage.

Community engagement

Why might schools want/need to engage with their communities? Why might this be important? What would the purpose of partnerships between schools and communities be? If schools are to become more future focused, what sort of support or information does the community need to be able to participate fully in debates about educational issues? Who should provide this information? Who should make decisions about what we teach at school and why? These are the sorts of questions we are wrestling with in our research programme “Families’ and Communities’ Engagement in Education”. We are hoping you will contribute your ideas to this blog space.

Conference: November 2009

This blog contains material related to the Shifting Thinking conference, 3-4 November 2009. You can also explore a set of permanent  pages about the conference, using the navigation toolbar across the top of the homepage.

Future focussed issues
How can education address the key challenges of the future – and indeed of the present? This blog explores these challenges and discusses (and problematises) concepts like sustainability, globalisation, citizenship, and enterprise – the four “future-focussed issues” named in the New Zealand Curriculum. What do these concepts mean? What are the convergences and tensions between them? How do we deal with them in education?

Shifting literacies

What kinds of shifts in thinking in education are required to support learning that is relevant and meaningful today?  The shifting literacy blog will feature the thoughts and experiences of researchers and teacher educators, item developers and others regarding the teaching and learning of literacy in the 21st century.  Blogs will also explore our relationship to literature and literary theory in a rapidly changing world. By addressing shifts in thinking in a more informal and personal manner, we hope to create a forum for dialogue and ideas between learners, educators and researchers which will translate into new practices in learning.

Shifting research
These blog entries explore the shifting nature of research, and the role of researchers, in the 21st century.

Shifting schooling

The shifting schooling blog is dedicated to exploring why, and how schools will need to shift in order to support learning that is relevant and meaningful in the 21st century. You’ll read blog postings from researchers, teacher educators, and others who discuss their perspectives on what kinds of shift they think are necessary in today’s schools – and why. Most importantly, they will offer ideas on how we can engage more people in “shifting thinking” about learning for the 21st century world – and what kinds of transformations this could enable in practice.

Teachers’ work

The teachers’ work blog arises from a current NZCER research project that aims to investigate the general dispositions, qualities or attributes needed by teachers to work successfully with 21st century learners. The researchers in this project invite you to contribute to their thinking as they wrestle with the first lot of data from the project.