This project is an undertaking by the Learning Futures Network.
The Learning Futures Network aims to create the social infrastructure, resources and context to develop more authentic and future-aware processes to support transformation and collaboration across student learning, school and staff development, and connections between and across higher education, industry, cultural and community organisations and the pubic sector.
At the time of writing the network is made up of over 130 member organisations – about half of which are schools.
The membership is involved with many innovative projects local, national and international; including the Dreamers, Doers and Drivers #ShapingEDU project, FOEcast, CoSN Driving K-12 Innovation, and many others.
The Future Ready project is about raising the voices of all stakeholders to a higher level.
We want to get the broader community, schools, students, industry and business thinking about these matters – we want the insights from all those areas top inform a body of knowledge that is different to standard reductionist research.
It is as much a discussion about the sustainability of the world and our current approaches to learning as it is a gathering of different perspectives.
The authors will be everyone who contributes.
Its about trying to find what kind of future we want.
The reason we have focussed on ATTRIBUTES is that they are often regarded as the wicked problem of learner development. Even PISA are looking at a Creativity measure in the near future – based on a standardised testing system.
We’re trying to look at how these attributes manifest at different stages and and in different contexts, and to get past disciplinary content as the driver.
A perceived gap in awareness and a system that is being defined from the top down are also drivers to look into this more.
We want to let people have their say about what’s already in place – what’s missing and what they’re really interested in seeing prioritised in learning contexts.
This will open up many new research pathways if the material we gather is of sufficient scope and scale – global and large.
Research questions will arise from the work. And they will sit alongside the work already being undertaken by projects such as Partnership for the 21st Century, OECD Education for 2030, Class of 2032 Project, and others.
But it all depends on getting the input from as many people as possible.
But the Future Ready project is different in several ways.
This is about surfacing a broad range of insights from all levels from kids and parents through to industry expectations – its not an empirical research undertaking and I don’t want to frighten away those voices by overwhelming them with references and dense reports. We want to surface the voices that are not often included in reports written by policy-makers. We want to take the voices to the policy makers.
This is a crowdsourcing project.
Ultimately, what we want to try to do is get some guidance as to what we look for as observable indicators of the development of capabilities.