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  1. darren@netnz.org' Darren says:

    Does 'modern learning' even exist as a concept? The term has come about as a result of the building of so-called modern learning environments – which actually does not exist as a term anymore. Hasn't the Ministry dropped the term and now uses 'innovative learning environments'? I also have a problem with physical spaces defining the learning which is what has happened with many of these builds. What happens when there are no physical spaces? Approaches to learning should be driven by a clear vision and philosophy of learning. Any physical spaces should be built to support this vision. In most of these builds it is the other way around which is problematic. For example our local primary was presented with a way their new build was going to be developed – this then resulted in them thinking about what sort of learning could happen in that space. It needs to be the other way around so there is clarity over why an approach is being taken.

    Don't get me wrong I do support open and flexible spaces. And I certainly support the type of learning you are describing here. I just can't stand the use of that term. It is so open to interpretation and ill-defined – rather like personalised learning. Why don't we just say what we mean? Clearly define the learning, rather than creating more educational jargon. It only creates eye-rolling responses from parents who just see yet another educational fad. 

    1. Jocelyn Wright says:

      Thanks for your thoughts Don. I agree with your view that ‘learning should be based on a clear vision’. I guess that is what I am challenging – has the ECE sector taken account of the 21st centaury drivers for change in education in their vision for young children’s learning. And how is this playing out in their pedagogy? The term ‘modern learning’ has its origins in the schooling sector and to understand this from an ECE perspective I needed to unpack the concepts and drivers that underpin the term. Personally I think the use of terms like this can be either divisive or uniting. When it ‘belongs’ to one group it tends to sit in the divisive corner, and in this case, it divides ECE and schooling.

      Given the focus of your comments Don you might like to join a really great discussion that is happening at present on VLN, ‘MLP or just effective pedagogy?’

      http://www.vln.school.nz/discussion/view/939118?orderby=latest

      1. darren@netnz.org' Darren says:

        Thanks for that. Much appreciated. And apologies for picking up on the one negative thing. Fully support everything you have to say about the learning.

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