Transformative Innovation in Education - Reviews
Head to Head Magazine - Dec 09
From the Association of Heads and Deputes Scotland (AHDS)
Review of: Transformative Innovation in Education - a playbook for pragmatic visionaries by Graham Leicester, Keir Bloomer and Dennis Stewart Pub: Triarchy Press Ltd
"Recommendation: Take a little time to read it. It's really very important. This small perfectly formed book with its heavy duty, and intriguing title, is a must for anyone who would appreciate a model in which to develop understandings for the future of education. The writers take you through a six point plan for pragmatic visionaries and provide 5 sections of argument for transformational change in education.
You'll recognise the sayings of Fischbowl in such quotes as. "We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist using technologies that have not been invented... "and you already know that there are powerful systems at play which tie us into measurement and comparison when we should be reaching for the sky. However, at this time, when we need to develop ideas then the 3 Horizons model is a fascinating beginning for all. It provides a structure in which to explore the future of education and offers, "...short term encouragement and long term effectiveness..." which prevents disappointment and a lack of focus on long term goals..
Horizon 1 is where we are now, managing and maintaining the system, improving performance and maximising its potential.
Horizon 2 is entrepreneurial and sees and grasps opportunity.
Horizon 3 is visionary and aspirational and is about standing for something you know is right whatever the world thinks of you.
The Horizons are represented graphically and the writers explore how the model may be used to develop well thought out and reasonable ideas for the pathway ahead.
Not only is this model explained well but a kit has been produced to enable you to have a structured conversation around the 3 horizons framework.
And then there's the IFF an impressive organisation, and the ostrich and the eagle, and discomfort and dilemmas. But fear not, you'll be inspired, and the ideas in this book line up oh so beautifully with Curriculum for Excellence."
Comments from the Association of Headteachers & Deputes in Scotland (www.ahds.org.uk)
"I loved the book, thought it was well written and I totally agreed with all that was in it. If people could/would take time to read the argument for a Curriculum for Excellence as a transformative innovation then all would be well!"
"...the book is pretty fantastic and should be compulsory reading for anyone who wishes to know about the why of the Curriculum for Excellence. First time I've heard of the IFF (International Futures Forum) and it's really interesting stuff - and the info in the book is also useful - there are web connections for follow up. I've sent for the 3 horizons Kit and will be looking at Fischbowl etc.... Perhaps this booklet will now share what should have been shared a long time ago. Teachers are more likely to take things on board if you show them the theory / reasons / vision."
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