Transformative Innovation in Education

Transformative Innovation in Education : a Playbook for Pragmatic Visionaries

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In 2009, the first edition of Transformative Innovation set out a blueprint for educational reform in Scotland. This second edition incorporates the results and practical experience of introducing and managing that reform. The book's message has resonated with readers around the world: given the right kind of guidance and support, our institutions of education are perfectly capable of instigating the kinds of radical changes they need to make in order to prepare our young people for an uncertain future. The authors can say this with some confidence because the insights, tools, suggestions and recommendations in the pages of Transformative Innovation in Education are rooted firmly in practical experience. In partnership with the Scottish inspectorate of schools, IFF worked with a wide variety of educationalists, practitioners, policy makers and others to explore how transformational change might be achieved. As a result, IFF developed significant new resources to support transformative innovation in a highly decentralised, bottom-up, system-wide approach.
Powerful frameworks for moving from insight to action developed by Jim Ewing are described in a substantial new addition to the original text on 'practical approaches to transformation'. The permissive policy framework set in Scotland by Curriculum for Excellence, which invites transformational change in the education system, has now attracted positive attention in different parts of the world - particularly the US, Asia and Australia. The 'three horizons' framework on which the book and the reform programme is based allows everyone free rein to share their concerns about the present system, to admit deeper aspirations that might be frustrated or under-realised today, and to design a 'second horizon' transition strategy to shift the system in that direction. This is not 'blue skies visioning' but hard-headed engagement with often uncomfortable facts about changes in the real world. But it also allows space for inspiration. For some readers, the question may remain: How can government and other agencies best support a permissive programme of radical innovation in education? How can schools themselves take the lead? This book explains how.
It tells a story in six sections: a widespread international story of disappointment in educational reform the three horizons framework for thinking about longer-term transformational change the limitations of international models of 'standards-based reform' developing a transformative framework in Scotland an outline of the tools and processes that are shifting the Scottish system into the future recommendations for a policy framework to encourage transformative innovation in education: 'making shift happen'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 6mm | 122g
  • Bridport, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Second
  • colour illustrations
  • 1909470104
  • 9781909470101
  • 1,398,417

About Graham Leicester

GRAHAM Leicester is Director of International Futures Forum. He is a former member of HM Diplomatic Service and has subsequently developed a special interest and wide experience in areas of governance, innovation, education and the arts. He is the author, with Maureen O'Hara, of Dancing at the Edge: Competence, Culture and Organization in the 21st Century. KEIR Bloomer has been a Director of Education and Chief Executive of a local authority. He is now an educational consultant, chair of the Court of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and chair of the Tapestry Partnership. DENIS Stewart is a former research chemist in UK universities and a science teacher in Northern Ireland. He has worked in executive leadership positions in national educational development agencies in Wales and Scotland and latterly as co-Director of an educational consultancy, CELT Associates. Now in his 'post-professional' phase of life, he divides much of his time between personal study, travel and various voluntary commitments. JIM Ewing has worked in industry for over thirty years articulating design, learning, and transformation as one whole rather than three separate endeavours. His current suite of practices arose from guiding individuals and their tribes through intense, inner and outer driven change, as they reinvented themselves and their work. Jim's early career as a systems engineer and rocket scientist left the marks of efficiency. His practices assist the upside by materially reducing the downside of wasted angst, time and resources as people confront, resist and get to grips with the change of their minds, their choices and their stories. Jim has consulted in scores of large corporations and taught his methods widely. His Tallpine Community of learners, practitioners and professionals is a portal to his artful guidance for transformative living, innovation and leadership.
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