Expansive Education is an approach to teaching and learning that develops life-long learners. Central to this practice is Action Research. More than teacher inquiry skills, Action Research is ongoing CPD for teachers to develop positive attributes in learners, preparing individuals to meet the challenges of life and work.
It’s been a long cold few months in England and the Summer term has started without Spring having really arrived. And, for many of the teachers I have been working with, that goes for the educational temperature too.
For the air is predictably full of arguments over what should or should not be in the National Curriculum, what will happen to EBacc, whether TechBacc will happen, and even some mischievous suggestions that teachers should work longer hours and have shorter holidays. Don’t get me wrong. There’s no reason why we should not take a good look at the amount of time that students spend learning. It’s just that most of the research shows that it is what learners do that matters and much less so how much time they spend doing it.
Which brings me to expansive learning and some signs that we are beginning to achieve critical mass in England and, increasingly, across the world...
"SSAT is delighted to be partnering the Expansive Education Network in a number of projects. We share their passion and the belief in teachers being active researchers into effective teaching and learning" Sue Williamson - Chief Executive SSAT
‘The workshop has reinvigorated a passion for my own learning’
Hampshire teacher March 2013
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