It is now widely agreed that learning is pivotal in the "knowledge societies" of today and, still more, of tomorrow. It is also widely agreed that schools have a key role to play in laying the foundations for lifelong learning for all of us. But, how well are these aims being met, how innovative are schools as institutions, and what are some of the most promising examples across OECD countries for which we can learn.
The first phase of work on innovation under Schooling for Tomorrow began with the Hiroshima seminar in November 1997. This collected together the experience of innovative schools in many countries as presented in the Innovating Schools, 1999 publication. It includes analyses of the processes of innovation in education, and policies to support it. In addition, there is a forthcoming publication on schooling networks, management and governance.
Networks have become an integral part of modern society, including education. They create their own dynamics in teaching and learning management, and open up quite new possibilities for communication. But, networks are still not well understood. This project will gather the experience of genuinely innovative learning networks drawn from different countries and contexts. It will look at how they emerge, are sustained, and the impact they have.