Knowledge Management#3: Sir David on why the Common Good means Outstanding

At Norwich Research School's unmissable Slow-Burn Leadership conference at University of East Anglia, Sir David Carter's speech was ostensibly on "effective collaboration and system leadership in East Anglia." In reality, he spoke of ethical leadership, cultural shifts and courage. As such, he precisely mirrored the points made by big guns in business at the Knowledge... Continue Reading →

Knowledge Management: What business can offer education in the year of the Platypus

When it comes to knowledge and knowledge production, the education sector outguns Big Data and all traditional industries, combined. Here is a call for us to take ownership of that fact. Enter Knowledge Management. This week, I attended the ARK Group’s annual Knowledge Management Summit in London, eagerly attended by some of the largest corporations... Continue Reading →

Good teacher overnight; Cooperative Learning in low-resource environments

I have recently been charged by an Uthman ibn Affan Trust to empower Syrian teachers in Turkish refugee camps. The objective of the Trust is to give the next generation of Syrians the skill set needed to rebuild their country. These skills include not only subject knowledge, but, equally importantly, skills of collaboration, creative thinking, democracy and... Continue Reading →

UK Tertiary in the 21st century; a Cooperative Learning toolkit #1

Introducing Cooperative Learning to Higher Education On 11 November 2015, UEA's School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies successfully trialled the structural approach to Cooperative Learning, to facilitate the effective student-centred learning looked for at tertiary level.   This event is a small watershed for a number of reasons. Therefore this first post examines the wider context of the session. (For details of... Continue Reading →

Cooperative Learning; (an) engaging business

I have pointed out in the about section that Cooperative Learning can be used  "Everywhere you find a group of people, including classrooms, study groups, even teacher-parent knees-ups…." Here is the evidence from Mr Khalid Mair, a London businessman and experienced coach with a longstanding commitment to community building. In these comments on Healing Fractures II - Beyond... Continue Reading →

The International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education

During the 1970s, the work of many pioneering educational researchers centered on what we know today as cooperative learning and led to the creation of the IASCE (International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education). Researchers and practitioners convened in 1979 from Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, England, the United States and... Continue Reading →

Critical thinking & community empowerment: coming soon to a staff room near you?

An MTA training event "Muslim Teachers of the Future" yesterday raised the level, urgency and sheer importance of investigative sessions such as Healing Fractures II. Odd thing to write under a heading which includes the word "Critical thinking", but if Sunday's event is anything to go by, I want to start by quite uncritically recommending  Muslim Teacher's Association's training... Continue Reading →

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