ResearchED National Conference

10 Sep 2018

The ResearchED National Conference took place last week at Harris Secondary Academy, St Johns Wood. 

The main focus of the conference was on how teachers can use evidence to improve education and was this year addressed by School Standards Minister Nick Gibb who commented:

"The diversity of viewpoints and research interests means that ResearchED lends evidence-informed and nuanced voices to the great debates of education.

One such debate is the ‘knowledge vs skills’ debate. This important debate is decades old, but – somewhat paradoxically – as our understanding of how children learn has improved, the debate has become more polarised.

There is no doubt that in our ever more globalised world, one of the key purposes of education is to prepare the next generation to thrive in the 21st century. We must ensure that pupils are equipped with both powerful knowledge and the skills needed for this century."

Going on to say:

"The ‘knowledge vs skills’ debate is concerned with how we best prepare pupils to think critically about problems, not whether we want children to think critically – whatever the image of ‘factory schools’ might imply.

If we want pupils to become the great critical thinkers and problem solvers of the future, it is incumbent upon schools to ensure children are endowed with the powerful knowledge which best equips them to approach problems as experts."

You can read the full text of the speech here.

LSBM has always championed educational research and you can learn more about our own Academic Research programmes here.


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