pedagogy · Policy · Progressivism

Singapore and PISA: a policy warning for England

In this blog,  I consider whether Singapore has implemented Western ideas better than the West, which arguably has resulted in significantly improved PISA results. Based on a tweet (see below), Greg Ashman suggested I had an unusual take on Singapore’s PISA success: (…) Katharine Birbalsingh commented on Finland’s decline in performance in the Programme for International… Continue reading Singapore and PISA: a policy warning for England

pedagogy · Philosophy of Education · Policy

Design Thinking for Teachers 1.0: centring the learning experience

In earlier blogs, I describe educational learning as a series of designed learning experiences.  In this blog, I want to focus on the issue of Design Thinking.  As with previous blogs, Ruth Swailes provides concrete examples. Originally conceptualised to address physical objects designers increasingly apply Design Thinking to complex interactions like customer experiences. In an educational context,… Continue reading Design Thinking for Teachers 1.0: centring the learning experience

pedagogy · Philosophy of Education

On extreme instructivism and the social construction of evidence

I was struck by Lorraine Hammond’s recent piece for The Conversation, favourably comparing explicit instruction with inquiry learning. Hammond describes inquiry as “based on a theory of learning called constructivism” and: (…) a type of learning where, before students are shown the essential information, they are asked to practise a task, and then discover and construct some or all of the essential… Continue reading On extreme instructivism and the social construction of evidence