In this Blog, 21st Century Learning, we encourage staff and students from the School of Education and the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University to write about their research, perspectives on broad educational issues, and commentary about current educational discourses. We also encourage readers to comment on what they read by responding, reconfiguring, rejecting or suggesting alternatives to the views expressed here.
Through these discussions we can ponder the challenges confronting learners and teachers today and suggest possible solutions; question current practice and policy; link research and practice and, perhaps even more importantly, celebrate innovation and achievement in education.
The changes that are occurring to the ways in which we approach learning and teaching in the 21st century are fundamental. They are not just the result of technology, although that is a critical and increasingly pertinent factor in discussions about education. They also arise from government policy, from research, from the pressures of an educational system that is increasingly global, and from the opportunities and restraints placed on us by economic considerations. The issues we face in greater Western Sydney resonate throughout the whole of Australia and beyond. So.. please join us in our ongoing discussion about a vision for Education and its nature and role in the 21st century.
We will generally attempt to post a new post here every 2-3 weeks, or sooner when there are immediate issues of current concern. There will generally be no posts in January when Australians traditionally take a holiday. We look froward to engaging with you as we continue to talk about what matters in Education!
Steve Wilson, Editor 21C.