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Seemingly unwittingly – and with the approval of no government – schooling across the developed world is undergoing a remarkably common on-going evolution.
Vitally it now apparent that all the schools – regardless of their type, level, situation or nation – are evolving in a remarkably similar manner, moving through the same evolutionary stages and at each of those stages displaying remarkably similar attributes, whether they are in the UK, US, NZ or Australia.
Importantly all schools, elementary, middle or high sit at a point along a common evolutionary continuum, a continuum that will continue to lengthen and where the difference between the schools at each end is growing daily.
Significantly that continuum provides for the first time a simple to use indicative international measure of school evolution.
Vitally it provides all associated with schools - be they providers, clients, policy makers or researchers – a ready insight into the current position of every school and what lies ahead for each school.
The implications for school development are immense.
The detailing on the global school evolutionary stages emerged out of the research of Mal Lee, Roger Broadies and their colleagues in Australia, NZ, the US and UK and their study of pathfinder schools that have or nearly have normalised the use of digital technology in facets of the school community’s operations in those four countries.
Fuller details of their work can be found at http://www.schoolevolutionarystages.net
It is appreciated the work has been done only in four English speaking nations but the suspicion is that the same evolutionary stages will be found in at least all other developed democracies.
The desire with this curation is to:
(a) identify any comparable work being undertaken internationally
(b) assist the refinement of the suite of evolutionary concepts posited by Lee and Broadie.
Mal Lee and Roger Broadie posit, out of their research with pathfinder schools in the US, UK, NZ and Australia that
• all schools will move along the below six stage evolutionary continuum once they leave their traditional paper operational base and move to one that is digital and networked.


• that continuum will be ever-evolving, ever-expanding, with the variability between schools, even in the same education authority, growing.

• all schools will moreover move through a series of common stages, with each stage having a suite of remarkably common, interrelated attributes.

• vitally the vast majority of schools will need to move through each of the stages before they are ready to move to the next.

• in moving along the evolutionary continuum the schools will undergo on-going organisational transformation and become ever more tightly integrated and unique ecologies.

• schools will experience a significant degree of natural growth – regardless of government aspirations – once they move to a digital operational base and will need to shape that raw growth to ensure the desired education is provided.

• each school, and in particular its leadership has to chart and be responsible for its own movement along the evolutionary continuum. While education authorities can assist individual schools the school itself has to take responsibility.
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Teacher - ACER - Digital Normalisation

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"If you want your school to grow, the school and its community needs to take charge of that growth. Every pathfinder school operating at the ‘Networked’ or ‘Digital Normalisation’ stage of the school evolutionary stages continuum has taken charge of its own evolution."

 


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Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 17, 7:15 PM

Digital normalisation is a considerable task for schools but one that cannot be avoided and one that can be handled and managed by the staff, school leadership and community of the school concerned. It cannot be mandated but can grow and flourish.

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...every school needs to go through its own process.  It can’t be speeded up because we need to have the conversations. We can’t microwave school growth and evolution.


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"Context really matters"

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