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Why is Change and Transforming Education so Complex?

Why is Change and Transforming Education so Complex? | On education | Scoop.it
Change is complex. This post describes the process and the five reasons and reactions that people might have to change.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 29, 2015 12:28 PM

Changing or transforming any system especially in education is not an easy thing to do. If you are part of a system that most of us grew up in and are used to, it doesn't take much to keep your school or district from moving to a successful Personalized Learning System. The change process is so complex that even if you agree and are working on transforming the system, there may be one piece of the puzzle that is missing that keeps change from happening.


This visual from Sylvia Duckworth makes it easy for us to interpret and evaluate the change process that is referred to at the bottom of this post. These images visualize the reactions people have during the change process. If the leadership team and others working on transforming their system, they can monitor and consider what needs to be done to get a derailed changed strategy back on track.

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An Open Letter to Educators

Written by an ex college student, who explains very eloquently how educators must change.  If the message in this video resonates with you feel free to send it to any teachers, principals, professors, university presidents, boards of regents, board...


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Nice short video worth listen to and watch.

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William Machado's curator insight, December 27, 2012 6:50 AM

It is good to hear how students feel and for sure teachers need to adapt their approach...

Alícia Arisa's comment, December 27, 2012 7:09 AM
Entusiàstic. I quanta raó que té!
Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, December 28, 2012 12:03 PM

Written by an ex college student, who explains very eloquently how educators must change.  If the message in this video resonates with you feel free to send it to any teachers, principals, professors, university presidents, boards of regents, board...

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic | On education | Scoop.it

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

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Pasi Silander, the city’s development manager, explained: “What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life.

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“Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of  bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed.

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“We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”

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Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.

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More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

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jmoreillon's curator insight, March 27, 2015 9:42 AM

This is what school librarians have been doing forever!

María Florencia Perrone's curator insight, April 8, 2015 4:00 PM

The world around us is not labelled or divided in categories, then why is academic content? Can we not relate topics and elaborate meaning on the basis of relationships and intertwined data? 

Helen Teague's curator insight, April 13, 2015 9:11 PM

I wonder if this would work in the U.S.? Also, in Finland, students do not take standardized tests until the end of high school (Zhao, 2012, p. 111), so thankfully, perhaps the drill and kill process is diminished.


*Zhao, Y. (2012). World Class Learners.