What do you mean by Expansive Education?
Rooted in a large body of rigorous research and evidence, Expansive Education is not the property of any one organisation but describes an approach shared by teachers to develop the capabilities of their pupils. Expansive education:
- Expands goals for learning beyond success in examinations
- Understands individual intelligence is expandable, not fixed
- Goes beyond the classroom, learning from experiences outside
- Uses Action Research to investigate better outcomes
How does Expansive Education improve learning?
By developing learning dispositions in every individual that will carry value through life: dispositions such as resilience, adaptability, collaboration and reflectiveness.
What’s the evidence?
Building on the rigorous research and evidence produced by people like John Hattie and Carol Dweck, as well as Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas at the Centre for Real-World Learning, there is an extensive body of evidence for successfully expanding the capabilities of learners.
Where can I find out more about the subject of Expansive Education?
A list of recommended reading and publications relating to the field are available or sign-posted on this website
What is a Teacher as Learner?
In the course of regular lessons, following the regular curriculum, eedNET members are using small strategies and observations to develop their students’ learning dispositions, and are in the habit of reflecting on and learning from the outcomes of their actions in the classroom.
As Professor John Hattie states:
"the biggest effects on student learning occur when teachers become learners of their own teaching.”
What is the Expansive Education Network (eedNET)
A community of schools, colleges and universities that believe education is a preparation for the future; who actively become learners in their own classrooms to deliver outstanding education.
What does eedNET do?
The Expansive Education Network (eedNET) offers the support, resources and training to develop teachers as learners of their own practice, which is proven to have positive effects on student learning.
What support and training is offered?
We encourage our members to undertake Action Research, a form of teacher enquiry carried out in the classroom. You will be invited to a series of workshops to get you started in this practice.
What is Action Research?
Action Research is carried out in the classroom, usually over the period of a term. Posing the question, “If I do x, will y happen?” the teacher will apply a different strategy or intervention to a particular challenge or situation, and observe the results.
Action Research encourages teachers to take small steps as part of their regular practice to develop desirable learning dispositions.
What kinds of questions are explored in Action Research?
Some of the questions explored by teachers in their Action Research:
- Will the use of ICT become more embedded if pupils were used as mentors?
- If the school appoints a Parents’ Champion to coordinate support will parents become more engaged in supporting their children’s learning?
- If I explore and reflect on my own learning in mathematics can I apply it to pupils learning?
- If I move children to mixed ability groups and teach them some co-operative learning structures, will all children make good progress?
- If I get children to practice the spelling of words correctly within sentences (instead of only in isolation within spelling tests), will it improve their spelling in their general work?
- If I teach mathematics using real-world scenarios (eg. planning a wedding), will it improve lower attaining pupils’ mindset and approach to maths?
- If I make my writing areas more purposeful for boys, will they use them more often and persevere when using them?
What commitment does it need?
Over the course of the term, you will need to put a few hours into planning, a couple of hours analysing data, and a few hours writing up your findings.
For your Action Research enquiry, you will also attend three workshop sessions of around two hours each, usually held as twilight sessions after school and hosted by your nearest facilitating University or Learning Partnership.
We also ask that you bring rigour, discipline and passion to your teaching and enquiry.
What is an Action Research workshop? Do I have to attend?
For your first Action Research, your facilitating University will invite you to attend three workshop sessions of around two hours each, usually held after school. The workshops are usually scheduled at intervals of six to eight weeks. Alternatively, please enquire about our Distance Learning option.
The first Workshop introduces the idea of Action Research, and gets you to frame your first questions.
The second Workshop looks at how you will carry out your research, what you will measure and how you will present your data.
The third Workshop is a sharing of findings and a celebration of your first steps towards putting Expansive Education into practice.
You don’t have to attend any of these workshops, and you will find all the material and resources you need online. However, many teachers find it very helpful to take the time away from school, sharing ideas and experiences.
The workshop will also introduce you to a tutor, to whom you will have access by email to ask any questions and help define your own question and methodology used throughout your project.
Schools have also found that having a Lead Member within the school makes the project run more smoothly as teachers have support and a sounding-board for ideas.
Publishing Action Research
When you have completed and written up your research, we invite you to post it onto the website for other professionals to reference.
We will format your Research, including citation, and publish it online. Action Research can attract credits towards a Masters Degree. Please check with your university for details.
What does it cost?
Primary Schools (including workshop sessions for 4 teachers) £300
Secondary Schools (including workshop sessions for 6 teachers) £500
Colleges (including workshop sessions for 10 staff) £900
Individuals (including workshop sessions) £100
Clusters of schools attract a large discount - price on application
Costs are for the first year of membership and do not attract VAT. Your school will be invoiced for the full amount at registration.
How do I join?
You can join directly through the website at www.expansiveeducation.net clicking on the Join button on the home page.
Your membership application will include lots of questions about you and your interests. Please feel free to share as much information about yourself as you wish.