A new report, released today by The Education Hub, aims to spark a national conversation around knowledge and the crucial role it plays in students’ learning and development.

The report, which draws on the expertise of some of the country’s leading academics, explores the role knowledge plays in today’s schools – and its apparent demise – as the competency and skills-based learning believed to be required for employment success has gained traction.

Education Hub founder, former secondary school teacher and academic Dr Nina Hood, says knowledge is critically important to education in New Zealand, and it’s something we are not talking enough about.

“Knowledge currently holds a contested place in schools and education. In this time of multiple governmental reviews of education, and the opportunity these present for debating the purpose of education, it seems timely to produce a report on the places, spaces and roles of knowledge in and for education,” she says.

Seven esteemed educators and academics have contributed chapters to the report, each exploring a different facet of knowledge in education – philosophies of knowledge, knowledge and learning, knowledge and the curriculum, knowledge and the teaching profession, knowledge in early childhood education, and knowledge in open education.

In addition to Hood, contributors include Dr Graham McPhail, Dr David Kupferman, Associate Professor Carl Mika, Associate Professor Andrew Gibbons, Janita Craw, Professor Graeme Aitken and Dr Lesley Murrihy, the only contributor still working as an educator in a school.

“The report doesn’t arrive at a clear conclusion, but aims to provoke thought, discussion, and most importantly a recognition that knowledge, in all its diverse forms, must be at the centre of our thinking on education, and at the heart of our education system.”

Each contributor offers a distinct voice and argument and is defined by different paradigmatic beliefs. Despite their at times stark differences, all contributors are united by a common belief: that knowledge really does matter.

Hood hopes the new report will mark the start of a longer engagement with knowledge in education.

Findings of the report will be released today, November 19, as part of a discussion panel hosted by The Education Hub at Freemans Bay Primary School. Starting at 5pm, guest speakers will include Professor Graeme Aitken, Professor John Morgan and Hemi Dale from the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie, and Albany Senior High School Principal Claire Amos.

A limited number of tickets are still available for tonight’s event. Please register here.

Or to view the report please visit www.theeducationhub.org.nz

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