Sunday 21 December 2008

Enquiring Minds

For a while now I've been interested in the work of Futurelab and their research in a number of areas, particularly the relationship between learning and new technologies. Like the RSA, Futurelab have also published an alternative to the National Curriculum which they call Enquiring Minds. Begun as a research project with a couple of schools in Bristol and sponsored by Microsoft, the project is now in its third and final year and has produced lots of resources for use in schools. The basic premise of the Enquiring Minds approach is that young people's ideas, interests and experiences should provide the starting point for learning and that students should have more responsibility for the content and direction of their studies.

Perhaps we should take a close look at this model when we plan our activities this year? Maybe we could use some Enquiring Minds strategies to help shape our meetings so that we can develop a practical, as well as theoretical, understanding of the model?

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