Re-engineering education: a call for collective action
Professor Marilyn Leask debating with Bill Michell, British Computing SocietyProfessor Marilyn Leask, Professor of Educational Knowledge Management and Dr Sarah Younie, both from UoB presented under the theme, An agenda for professional communities: building and sharing professional resources, which was about a global university campaign to collate and publish research about effective teachers’ practice. Their title, ‘Re-engineering education: a call for collective action’ was a response to the OECD (2009) call for the creation of ‘knowledge-rich’, ‘evidence-based’ education systems because in many countries, education is still far from being a knowledge industry in the sense that its own practices are not yet being transformed by knowledge about the efficacy of those practices.
Through the Education Futures Collaboration, a UoB initiative, Drs Leask and Preston will be extending this global compaign for professional ownership of research data by a speaking tour in New Zealand and Australia in March. They will be encouraging more universities to support a platform that is dedicated to connecting teachers at all levels with summaries and sources of educational research so that professional judgement can be supported with evidence. The need for universities to own their own research information has become pressing since the UK Coalition closed websites that held findings when they came to power in May 2010.
Highlights from BETT13
- Christina Preston interviews Bob Geldof
- The ICT Curriculum
- Re-engineering education: a call for collective action
- Digital publication after the MirandaNet event