Rethinking Education - Learning and the New Renaissance Stephen J. Murgatroyd

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Published: December 11th 2011

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Rethinking Education - Learning and the New Renaissance  by  Stephen J. Murgatroyd

Rethinking Education - Learning and the New Renaissance by Stephen J. Murgatroyd
December 11th 2011 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 250 pages | ISBN: | 6.79 Mb

This publication represents the first of a series of books that will profile some of the forward thinking work being undertaken by leading education researchers and policy experts focused on transforming the face of public education and the future ofMoreThis publication represents the first of a series of books that will profile some of the forward thinking work being undertaken by leading education researchers and policy experts focused on transforming the face of public education and the future of Alberta.

The Co-creating a Learning Alberta book series is a partnership with leading public policy thinkers and the Alberta Teachers’ Association that flows from the public lecture series called “Learning our Way to the Next Alberta.” Since its inception in 2004, this lecture series has drawn over 5,000 participants and continues to push our thinking about the hopes and possibilities for the future of this province and is profiled at wwwdotlearningourwaydotca.In these public lectures, three questions have come to dominate the conversations about the future of the Alberta: What is the Alberta that the world needs to see?

What kind of Albertans do we need to become to get us there? and How will leadership in learning help us become our best selves? As with the lecture series, this book provides important insights about the possibilities facing our schools as Alberta sits on the edge of taking on a true leadership role as a global hub of ingenuity and innovation.The challenge put forward by Stephen Murgatroyd for public education is for citizens and educators to engage in a courageous conversation about the central role for educational development as a lever for creating the Alberta we desire for the decades ahead, though the scope of the book goes beyond Alberta.

This is not an easy challenge. Alberta’s student population is expected to increase by 100,000 (from 600,000) before the end of the decade, bringing growing diversity and complexity to our school communities. Currently, Calgary’s thriving economy makes it home to more immigrants per capita than Montreal – nearly a quarter of the population is a visible minority.

Yet, along with the vibrancy and hope that growth brings, so too comes distractions and obstacles to progress. For example, as Murgatroyd outlines, for too long the basic education system has been held back by a managerial accountability model that limits the capacity of schools and teachers and diminishes professional responsibility of educators. As well, misdirected learning technology policies that ignore the teaching and learning contexts of Alberta schools have not been helpful. In both cases, Murgatroyd moves beyond critique to offering possibilities for positive change. Drawing on research partnerships with the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Murgatroyd outlines thoughtful ideas that will support informed transformation and sustainable school development.I look forward to the public dialogue that this first publication of the Co-Creating a Learning Alberta book series will help create.



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