This is our inaugural or pilot exploration in a series of theme-based new pathways in educational change.
Rich with insight and story, this sequence is based around curated conversations that explore the theme of engagement in education. The product of collaborative video inquiry, where participants were invited to share in the process of discovery and development of topics and themes in question, it invites our own participation in the searching dialogues that comprise the essence and crucible of transformation and ethical practice in education.
With each exploration of engagement in education, we ask questions of the insights, comments and experiences we hear. We may participate in them by extending their contexts, considering their diversity, their implications, even perhaps their contradictions. Education has always been of such necessary complexity as to defy tidy closure, so the aim is to support our own explorations, conversations and further study as variously as possible.
In the posts that follow in this Exploring Engagement series, are presented the videos along with supporting resources for thematic explorations entitled as follows:
- The “Epidemic of Disengagement”
- Approaches: “We Are Fighting for Engagement”
- Methods: “Finding Engagement in Education”
- What is Engagement? “A Powerful Thing has Emerged…”
- Teachers’ Engagement
- What Does Engagement Create?
- Listening To Students
- Extensions: Pedagogy & Selected Bibliography
Like teaching itself, these pathways are intended to be an immersive experience, one participated in generatively, and not necessarily didactically. They do not follow a single idea at a time, nor do they resolve the issues the speakers open. Instead they present to the viewer a complex of unfinished issues, dispositions, thoughts and feelings that, like the errant abundance of life itself, the searching educator can pursue in their own way, with others or alone. And please do not neglect to share with us resources or stories that come to mind as you move through the pathway.
We hope you appreciate the journey, and may come to find it better taken together. Further “Exploring” sequences are forthcoming on new pathways in education change concerning curriculum & assessment, collaboration, place, leadership, and social justice. Please explore them all with us, and share your explorations as an educational commitment.
Con courage por la vie.