I am a citizen with no formal education in the field of education, and I have just spent 9 hours with 35 – 40 educators who are obviously passionate about their vocation and its place in the community and in the universe. I am almost overwhelmed. Sometimes it is good to be 'almost overwhelmed', so my thanks to every participant. It was a great day.
The venue has been the “Twin Peaks” research symposium of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The participants – leading educational researchers and proponents of research from eight different countries (Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Iceland, the U.K., Canada, the U.S.A., Australia) and Education International. About 90% of the participants appeared to be evenly split between teachers’ federations and academe, with a scattering of government insiders, and me.
I expect that a number of my posts in the near future will refer directly – or allude -- to what I (think I) heard in the course of these 9 hours.