Monthly Archives: November 2016

Two Cheers for STEM, Three Cheers for Creativity

Productivity means Innovation means STEM. That premise is looking increasingly irrefutable when it comes to building the nation’s future and the employability skills of the next generation. In other words, more investment in, and engagement with, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in schools and universities will deliver both career opportunities and a secure economic future for the nation. In the paper that follows we make a case for re-thinking STEM as a means to securing our economic future.  Read More…

Beyond ‘Best Practice’: How teacher improvement actually works

Peter Taylor and I are aware that the term ‘best practice’ is still alive and well in talk about teacher improvement. In fact, contemporary educational literature is replete with calls for both leaders and teachers to pursue ‘best practice’ as a holy grail of educational endeavour, a goal that school leaders and staff developers ought to aspire to in every aspect of their daily practice. No-one should settle for anything less! In the brief paper that follows we want to share some thoughts on the impact of this aspirational discourse on the principal audience – school teachers and school leaders – to explain our ambivalence around this term, and to suggest more productive alternatives for the work of improving teaching performance. Read More…

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