Visions for the School of Tomorrow – Students´Perspectives How to Handle the Future?. Tuomo Lähdeniemi, MEd 1.3.2011 Liedon Vanhalinna. On Paper, Everything Seems Fine. But, 8.3 % of pupils at BE-level are in special education (2008, Statistics Finland)
Tuomo Lähdeniemi, MEd
1.3.2011 Liedon Vanhalinna
Everyone is an expert when talking about school
Building up the school system is based on historical, political and cultural development
Making change takes decades, the results can be seen only afterwards
Operational environment is very complicated in many ways, causal connections are difficult to understand
Long-term commitment on the state and municipal level is a challenge; is there a coherent vision for the future school?
Nobody knows the future
"Implanting Strategic Management”by Igor Ansoff. Prentice Hall 1984ISBN 0-134-51808-X
Surveillance filter defines the area that we observe, e.g. our current situation, contacts and networks. The challenge is that discontinuities usually come from outside of our current mind set.
Mentality filter is formed of previous (success) experiences and we have a tendency to filter novel issues off, because they have not been important to us before.
Power filter prohibits people to express their ideas to those who possess more organizational power or power based on expertise.
How to Monitor Early Discontinuities? Students´Perspectives
Wisdom of Crowds
Zone of highest opportunity
and greatest risks
Brian Coffman (1997): Growth of signal in a noisy channel
Muutosvoima Students´PerspectivesChallenge: Defining Space of Opportunity
Application of Michael Raynor’s concept of Strategy Paradox (2007)
Building Commitment to Developing the School of Future Students´Perspectives
"Committing to change" (146-160) in Conner Daryl R., Managing at the Speed of Change; How resilient managers succeed and prosper where others fail. John Wiley & Sons 1992, 1998 ISBN 0-471-97494-3 Conner, Darryl R. & Patterson, Robert W. “Building Commitment to Organizational Change.” (18-30) Training and Development Journal 36, 4 (April 1982).
Requires personal reflection and sharing with others.
Electronic education via the Net will enable interconnected learning experiences, choices, and opportunities for billions worldwide
Educational content will be delivered by new computer, interactive TV, satellite, and Internet technologies
Interactive online multimedia and multidimensional content will revolutionize learning
Students and teachers will prefer on-demand virtual learning to traditional school programs
Virtual Reality scenarios that depict real-world and fantasy experiences will increase the learning impact for all types of education
Real-time Net chats with other global learners will make virtual education a satisfying social experience beyond the limits of time and distance
Institute for Global Futures 2009
Our Web-based Brainstorming Method Students´Perspectives
”What kind of knowledge and skills do you need now and in the future?”
”When you think about school, what comes to mind first?”
”Our school succeeds in...”
– Evaluation of thoughts
” How well does our school manage these aspects?
”How could we learn these even better?”
39 % of those surveyed chose this picture
(43 % of girls, 35 % of boys)
Pupils talk about their busyness in general, working after
school hours, and making it to class and the bus on time, etc.
Some associate sense of hurry and timetables with
school only,others with their life situation and hobbies, as well.
Work is something you’re supposed to do in school, but I feel some teachers are too demanding. I’m always busy. My teachers give too much homework, so there’s no free time.
… In school there are exact timetables, so the clock is an essential part of school…
I’m always stressed out about my assignments. I’m always in a hurry to get somewhere (work, hobbies, friends, events), and then there’s always school work waiting in the queue. I feel I don´t have enough time. Do I have to ditch something and decide what is important and what is not???
16 % of those surveyed chose this picture
(18% of girls, 14% of boys)
Pupils talk about friendhips, social relations, and collaborating with others
Good spirit and good learning environment is also mentioned quite often
In school, we have good spirit and good possibilities for learning.
I chose this because here in school you get to meet new people, and you’re developing your social skills all the time.
Studying in comprehensive school is based on co-operation. When you get along with others, everything goes well.
Specially friends and good teachers create a positive learning environment.
School prepares us for the future – social relations are one of the most important aspects of that.
To me, this picture means tolerance. It´s not important how my friends look, as long as they are nice and friendly.
Ability to read and write
Health and sports
How well are these learned in our school?
Concentration and motivation
Climate and environmental issues
Art and design
Dispersion of thoughts and ideas
How well are these subjects learned in our school?
Dispersion of thought and ideas
Lack of time
Special teaching and pupils
Work space and buildings
Sufficiency of resources
Leadership and leaders
N=1332, OAJ, 20009
Dispersion of thoughts and ideas
Increasing extra work
Learners of a different level
Difficulties in school-going
Lack of resources
Changes and renewals
Lack of appreciation
N=2547, OAJ, 2011