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Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning - Questionnaire


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We have circulated this questionnaire to networks which we have identified as taking an innovative approach to teaching, learning and pedagogy. It is our main research tool in this phase of the IPPL projects for gathering information from these networks on their pedagogical innovations and on how their organisation/network operates. Section B of the questionnaire explicitly builds on the IPPL C's framework along with other key issues such as 21st century competences and the role of technology.


A. Overview

A.1.  Please describe in a paragraph the background and history of your organisation/network (to avoid a lengthy description, please include a source to which we can refer for more details if needed.)

A.2.  Please describe the key pedagogical practices in the schools in your organisation/network.

A.3.  OECD/CERI has developed a set of principles to help guide teaching and learning (see below): please select the 2-3 of these principles that apply especially in your approach and describe how they get put into practice.

    1. Make learning central, and encourage engagement and awareness in students of their own learning strategies.
    2. Ensure that learning is social and often collaborative.
    3. Be highly attuned to motivations and the emotions involved in learning.
    4. Be acutely sensitive to individual differences, including in prior knowledge.
    5. Be demanding for each learner but without excessive overload.
    6. Use assessments consistent with the main goals for learning, with a strong emphasis on formative feedback.
    7. Promote horizontal connection across learning activities, across subjects, and across in- and out-of-school learning

A.4.  Please summarise the nature of learner voice and learner agency in your main pedagogical approach, including the relationship of students with teachers and peers and their room to take decisions in the teaching and learning process.


B. Specific Features of your Pedagogical Approach

B.1. Are there particular groups of learners or communities for which your approach has been mainly applied? If there has been a specific focus, what are the reasons for it?

B.2. Are there particular subjects, content areas or domains for which your approach has been mainly applied? If there has been a specific focus, what are the reasons for it?

B.3. How adapted is your approach to the so-called 21st century competences like creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and digital literacy? Do they feature explicitly and is your approach especially effective in developing one or more of them?

B.4. Does technology play a central role in your main pedagogical approach and if so how? Or is it more technology-neutral?

B.5  How is assessment used in combination with teaching? Who uses the assessment information and for what purpose?

B.6.  How demanding is your approach on teachers? What kinds of professional learning do they need and how readily available is it?

B.7. What are the organisational demands of widespread adoption of your pedagogical approach on schools and institutions? How have those demands been met?

B.8.  Are there specific aspects that must be practised for the approach to be effective? Is there an evidence base that shows why these aspects are so pivotal?


C. The Operation of your Organisation/Network

C.1. In what way do the membership schools work with the organisation/network as regards the pedagogical approach they use in classrooms etc.? How, if at all, is fidelity to the approach assured?

C.2. Has the work of the schools in your organisation/network been or is it being evaluated, how has this been done, and what does the evaluative evidence show about learning change?

C.3.   Has your organisation/network grown in recent years and what are the main factors facilitating or hindering this?


D. Contacts

D.1 Do you want to be kept informed of progress in IPPL and would you (or others in your organisation/network) be potentially interested in participating in international events such as workshops or symposia?

D.2   Are there other practitioners in the organisation/network whom you feel would have a valuable (while distinct) experience to offer in response to this questionnaire? If so, please give role and contact details.


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