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Exploring the future of humanity through education and technology

I’ve become increasingly interested in exploring education from a new perspective. When lecturing at the University of Glasgow, I met a number of colleagues from various disciplines (education, engineering, computing science, culture and literature etc) […]

Technology Education: Do we have a PR crisis?

It has been a long-standing commentary that resides with teachers around the country, that technology education suffers at the hands of science and mathematics. I have heard many jokes since I began my teaching career […]

Connect with me at #BETT2017 (Digital Schools Awards) @HP Stand (D200)

SPEAKING AT BETT, LONDON 25 AND 26 JANUARY 2017 (11AM) STAND D200 On 25th and 26th January, I will be speaking at BETT in London, about the Digital Schools Awards. BETT is the world’s leading […]

Innovations in assessment: social media as a professional medium

Social media is becoming increasingly important in learning and teaching, however the specific use and teaching pedagogy remains unclear, with some academic staff embracing it and others distancing themselves (Bowen, 2012). National focus on using […]

Global Education Conference 2015

Bienvenue! Welcome! 歡迎! Willkommen! Benvenuto! 환영! Seja bem-vindo(a)! Bienvenido! We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be […]

#ResearchEd Scotland: my reflection on #rEDScot @GlasgowUni

On Saturday 29th August, I had the pleasure of attending my first ResearchEd event. It was held on my home turf at the University of Glasgow, hosted by the School of Education in the Sir […]

Analysis of Digital Media: Supporting University-Wide Online Learning

This report aims to provide an overview of a project which explores teaching and learning within a blended mode of study. Specifically, it looks to analyse the production of digital media and online social networking […]

Educating Teachers to be Advocates for Widening Participation – My Thoughts

I recently attended a HEA event at Edge Hill University entitled: Educating Teachers to be Advocates for Widening Participation. The event provided an excellent opportunity to explore the barriers which prevent learners (particularly school leavers) […]

International Conference on #Education and New Developments – Call for Papers #END13

I am pleased to announce that I have been invited onto the Scientific Committee for the #END13 International Conference on Education and New Developments. For more information about the conference, please visit the official website […]

Common Education Standards – my thoughts within context

I have written this post as a request from a friend and colleague who lives and works in Mexico, but is currently studying in Boston. The context – personal thoughts on common standards in relation […]

Are you participating in #GlobalEd12

Can I take this opportunity to remind you that today saw the launch of this year’s Global Education Conference. The conference will run for one week and is held online in multiple time zones. Future sessions and […]

CfE Management Board Briefing Paper on Interdisciplinary Learning

The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Management Board has released a variety of briefings which have been designed to assist teachers. The latest paper focusses on Interdisciplinary Learning. Interdisciplinary Learning is a planned approach to learning […]

Annual trip to Egypt – I will return in 2 weeks!

It has been over a year since my last trip to Egypt, which in 2011 coincided with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova’s official visit to Egypt in order to show UNESCO’s support for the transformation processes […]

UNESCO Iraq seeks consultant

UNESCO Iraq office located in Amman, Jordan is currently recruiting for a Consultant to conduct implementation and training for a Labour Survey in Baghdad, Iraq.  In Phase One, the project will prepare five diagnostic papers […]

The Future of Technological Education in Scotland Part 2

I recently conducted a small scale study based on the Future of Technological Education in Scotland. The study was specific to the opinions of teachers in secondary education (or anyone else involved in Technological Education) […]

Excellence for All – a framework for monitoring and tracking

I recently wrote an article which described the rationale and priorities behind my strategy – Excellence for All (EfA). The focus is to raise attainment and recognise achievement. The strategy is supported by a framework which builds capacity […]

Guest Article – Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense

Thanks to Peter Kim, Accredited Online Colleges http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.com for writing this article and supplying the info graphic. Do you want to submit a guest article? Send it to me at yourarticle@teachers.org or use my contact […]

#GlobalEd12 – GlobalEdCon: Connecting Educators and Organisations Worldwide

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organisations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting […]

Technological Education in Scotland – Beyond 2012 – Part 1

I recently carried out a small scale study based on The Future of Technological Education in Scotland.  I conducted a survey over a period of two weeks and collated the results. It is intended that […]

Presentations from The 3rd International Workshop on Curriculum Innovation and Reform

Members of the International Bureau of Education recently participated in the 3rd International Workshop on Curriculum Innovation and Reform: Changing Assessment to Improve Learning Outcomes, organised by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop). […]

Excellence for All – raising attainment and mentoring

It’s a real pleasure to announce that I have been appointed as Coordinator – Excellence for All. Focussing on attainment and supporting children and young people, I will be working with a range of professionals […]

Effective Transition Arrangements in Scotland

As Curriculum for Excellence continues to embed itself into the culture, structure and practices of education in Scotland, there has never been a greater need for effective transition arrangements throughout the secondary phase of the […]

Do you want to be a Principal Verifier for The SQA?

A successful recruitment programme for the role of Principal Verifier has just been concluded for the new National Qualifications. To complete our team of Principal Verifiers for the new National Qualifications applications are now invited […]

Developing Inclusive Schools in the Gulf Arab States

Inclusive education is a growing concern that informs and challenges educational reform processes around the world. Inclusive education stands on the recognition that education is a human right that supports a broader view and more […]

Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe

The Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe (EIPPEE) is a two-year project which aims to increase the use of evidence to inform decision-making in education policy and practices across Europe. The network […]

GTCS Consultation: Framework on Teacher Competence

The General Teaching Council Scotland is consulting on proposed changes to the Code of Practice on Teacher Competence (CPTC), which has been in force since September 2002. It is intended to rename the CPTC as the […]

The Teacher, The Social Media Site and The Public

Here we are, advancing steadily into 2012. I find it slightly amusing if not frustrating that my first post this year is based on the use of scoial media by teachers. Forgive the title – […]

Socio-Cultural Diversity through the Curriculum

A paper for UNESCO-IBE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE ADDRESSING SOCIO-CULTURAL DIVERSITY THROUGH THE CURRICULUM: A PERSPECTIVE FROM SCOTLAND LEE ANDREW DUNN (http://www.leedunn.wordpress.com / @leeandrewdunn) Forwarding Statement from The International Bureau of Education A curriculum which addresses […]

UNESCO-IBE International Forum 21 November – 9 December 2011

I have just completed my registration for the UNESCO-IBE annual forum; this year it will address Socio-Cultural Diversity through the Curriculum. The event takes place over three weeks (21 November – 9 December) and each […]

2011 Global Education Digest: coping with the demand for secondary education

        The 2011 edition of the Global Education Digest, published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), presents a wide range of indicators on the extent to which girls and boys are […]

Scottish Education – The Front End vs The Back End

Following from my previous article, here are some random ramblings on Curriculum for Excellence. I’ll produce another article later this week with my concluding thoughts. Mixed messages and a lack of clarity around the broader […]

Curriculum for Excellence – do we need to fix it?

    Following from my recent post on #EduPIC11, I decided to dig a little deeper into the current state of play around Scottish education and ask the question – Curriculum for Excellence – do […]

When is a school not a school?

I am currently writing an article asking the question – when is a school not a school? I have a bit of a ‘bee in my bonnet’ at present about Curriculum for Excellence – and […]

Scottish Government Consultation – review of post-16 education

We all recognise that education is key to improving the life chances of our young people.  At the end of the last parliamentary session, in the Green Paper Building a Smarter Future, The Scottish Government set […]

#EduPic11 – Reflecting on Scottish Education – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Whilst the event is still fresh in my mind, I thought that I’d take the opportunity to put some thoughts down onto ’virtual’ paper. #EduPic11 was different to many forums that I have attended in […]

The Scottish Government Consultation on Student Fees

 The “Student Fees (Specification) (Scotland) Order 2011” The Scottish Government has published proposals for secondary legislation to change the way in which higher education tuition fees are applied to students who normally live in another […]

16+ Learning Choices and The Senior Phase Curriculum

These are my own views! The following indicators are not exhaustive; they illustrate potential areas which Education Scotland may wish to review within schools. These could inform the basis of a local report or similar […]

Measuring the Impact of Education Reform: Developing an appropriate performance framework

I recently wrote an article which explored the concept of measuring education reform by developing an appropriate performance framework to analyse outcomes. Originally, I intended to write this in two parts, but instead I have integrated […]

Developing an Education Performance Framework – Part 1: Measuring the Learner’s Journey

This is part one of an article on developing an education performance framework for the 21st century. Firstly, a quick reminder that what I write here on my blog, does not always reflect the policy […]

Supporting all young people into positive and sustained destinations

I created this diagram back in 2010, which I used during a presentation on 16+ Learning Choices and the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence. The conference was held at Celtic Park Football Club in […]

Egypt – Reflecting on Education Reform

Having concluded my ten day excursion to Egypt, here are some brief thoughts on the impending changes that the country faces, and how UNESCO has an important role to play in supporting further development. The […]

Curriculum for Excellence Management Board – Senior Phase Statement

The Curriculum for Excellence Management Board has released a statement about the senior phase. The statement outlines the vision, principles and framework for delivery of the senior phase in Curriculum for Excellence and provides clarification […]

Curriculum innovation and reform: an inclusive view to curriculum change

In January 2011, the International Bureau of Education participated in an international workshop that was entitled “Curriculum innovation and reform: an inclusive view to curriculum change” organized by the European Centre for the Development of […]

United Nations – IBE Community of Practice on Curriculum Development

The Community of Practice (COP) in Curriculum Development is a platform where the issues of curriculum change can be jointly discussed and implemented within the framework of a holistic approach for determining and implementing the […]

Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession

The OECD has recently published a document Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession – Lessons from around the world, which was commissioned as a background report for the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. The report […]

Post-16 Interventions – Global Discussion

The Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) is a function of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) mandated at the 2005 World Summit. Its purpose is to assess annual progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) […]

Young People & Transitions to Employment: Community of Practice for Partnership Information

Some of you will be familiar with my work around the National Indicator on the Positive and Sustained Destinations of School Leavers in Scotland. I’ve recently produced some material for the Employability In Scotland website which includes […]

Slides from last year’s National Conference on post-16 learning

In February and March of 2010, Learning and Teaching Scotland hosted a series of conferences with the Scottish Government to support the implementation of 16+ Learning Choices for every young person in the Senior Phase […]

Education & Service Synergy – Curriculum Change for the 21st Century

Following my recent series of articles on Service Synergy, I have produced a more dynamic document which pulls all the chapters together: The need for change Public value and living within our means A 21st […]

Delivering Educational Outcomes & Portfolio Parity

For those of you following my series on Service Synergy, I have (finally) managed to put aside some time to write a post on Delivering Outcomes. I’m currently sitting on a train, travelling from Alloa […]