Open Ideas at Pearson

Open Ideas at Pearson shares independent insights on the big unanswered questions in education.

How do we learn, and what keeps us motivated to do so? What is the body of knowledge and skills that learners need as we move into the second half of the 21st century? How can smart digital technologies be best deployed to realise the goal of a more personalised education? How can we build education systems that provide high quality learning opportunities to all?

We work with some of the best minds in education – from teachers and technologists, to researchers and big thinkers – to bring their ideas and insights on these questions to a wider audience.

Charting Equity in Higher Education: Drawing the Global Access Map - Report Cover

Charting Equity in Higher Education: Drawing the Global Access Map

Graeme Atherton, Constantino Dumangane, Geoff Whitty

September 2016

We know the economic benefit to individuals and to communities of increased levels of Higher Education (HE) participation. We also know that participation in HE has been expanding steadily; we anticipate there will be half a billion students participating in postsecondary education by 2030. But what do existing data tell us about who is accessing HE, and who is currently missing out? Specifically, what do we know about equity in access to high quality HE? Knowing that we are best able to manage what we measure, this report charts how institutions, nations, and international organisations are capturing HE access data by critical social indicators (such as SES, gender, disability, or geographic remoteness to name but a few)?

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The Problem Solvers

Charles Leadbeater

June 2016

The schools and others profiled in The Problem Solvers: The teachers, the students and the radically disruptive nuns who are leading a global learning movement are harbingers, early and sometimes faint signals of what education systems worldwide will need to become. This publication is about why education needs to be a dynamic experience, why education systems need to become dynamic to deliver that experience and what policy-makers, teachers, students and entrepreneurs can do to overcome the obstacles we face.

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Decoding Adaptive

EdSurge

May 2016

Smarter digital tools that adapt to a learner as they progress through content hold great promise for ensuring that every learner reaches their full potential. Unfortunately, however, the exact definition of “adaptive" has proven hard to pin down, and many teachers, schools and districts face challenges in navigating the differences between the digital adaptive learning tools available on the market. This paper defines adaptive learning in plain terms and discusses the potential benefits and challenges of using adaptive tools in the classroom.

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Intelligence Unleashed: an argument for AI in Education - Report Cover

Intelligence Unleashed: an argument for AI in Education

Rose Luckin, Wayne Holmes, Mark Griffiths and Laurie B. Forcier

February 2016

This publication is useful primer on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIEd) and what it means for teachers, learners, parents and policy-makers. By exploring the possibilities of concepts such as an AI tutor for every learner and AI teaching assistants, Intelligence Unleashed covers a lot of ground about what AI can (and definitely can't) do, and provides recommendations for leveraging the power of AIEd to improve teaching and learning.

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What doesn’t Work in Education: The Politics of Distraction - Report Cover

What doesn’t Work in Education: The Politics of Distraction

John Hattie

June 2015

How can we ensure that every student achieves at least one year’s progress for one year of schooling? Governments and schools have spent billions of dollars trying to fix education. But evidence shows that many popular solutions have little impact on student learning. In two papers, renowned education researcher John Hattie explores common policy “fixes” that distract from other, potentially better, solutions.

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What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise - Report Cover

What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise

John Hattie

June 2015

How can we ensure that every student achieves at least one year’s progress for one year of schooling? Governments and schools have spent billions of dollars trying to fix education. But evidence shows that many popular solutions have little impact on student learning. In two papers, renowned education researcher John Hattie explores common policy “fixes” that distract from other, potentially better, solutions.

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Preparing for a Renaissance in Assessment

Michael Barber and Peter Hill

December 2014

Curriculum. Teaching and learning. Assessment. These processes form the core of schooling as we know it. Assessment has long been the most controversial and problematic piece of the triad, dictating and constraining curriculum, as well as teaching and learning, rather than serving as an ongoing support and barometer. An education revolution, driven by globalisation, new digital technologies, and the undeniable evidence that our current paradigm just isn’t working holds promise for radical improvements to assessment.

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Exploring Effective Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Evidence from Research - Report Cover

Exploring Effective Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Evidence from Research

Iram Siraj and Brenda Taggart

September 2014

Based on the results of a quantitative study of more than 3,000 students, combined with intensive classroom observations, Exploring Effective Pedagogy in Primary Schools provides a compendium of what works best in helping children learn in primary classrooms. As Dylan Wiliam says in his introduction to this report, everyone “who wants to understand, and improve, primary school classrooms needs to read, and act on, this report.”

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Exploring Effective Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Evidence from Research - Report Cover

From Good Intentions to Real Impact

Geoff Mulgan, Ruth Puttick and Simon Breakspear

February 2014

Many businesses already possess excellent evidence of the impact of their products and services but this is not consistent across the field. This paper from Nesta and Pearson argues that we need to rethink the role of evidence in education businesses, moving away from conceptualising impact in terms of financial return, to a situation where impact can be robustly measured and understood in terms of social outcomes too.

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Impacts of the Digital Ocean on Education - Report Cover

Impacts of the Digital Ocean on Education

John T. Behrens and Kristen E. DiCerbo

February 2014

The ability to capture data from everyday learning activities allows us to fundamentally change how we think about education. We now have the tools to move to a world where assessment is the side-effect of interesting and meaningful learning activities, for example carried out through games or simulations. This publication highlights the many possibilities and challenges that technology presents in capturing relevant data and turning it into meaningful information that teachers can use to assist their students.

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A Rich Seam of Insight: how new pedagogies find deep learning - Report Cover

A Rich Seam: how new pedagogies find deep learning

Michael Fullan and Maria Langworthy

January 2014

In this ambitious report Michael Fullan and Maria Langworthy set-out a rich seam of insights into how new pedagogies that tap into our natural disposition to learn, create and ‘do’ can realise the ‘deep learning’ that young people need to thrive now, and in their futures.

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Alive in the Swamp: Assessing Digital Innovations in Education - Report Cover

Alive in the Swamp: Assessing Digital Innovations in Education

Michael Fullan and Katelyn Donnelly

July 2013

We don’t want for a lack of digital tools that claim to support learning, but how should we decide what to use? In this influential report, Michael Fullan and Katelyn Donnelly set out a practical tool, an Index, to allow educators and education technologists to navigate the ‘swamp’ of digital innovations.

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An Avalanche is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead - Report Cover

An Avalanche is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead

Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly and Saad Rizvi

March 2013

Deep, radical and urgent transformation is required in higher education as much as it is in school systems. This bold essay describes the threats that traditional 20th century universities face if they don’t change radically, as well as the huge opportunities open to them if they do. Creating a new golden age for higher education is possible, but only if all the players in the system, from students to governments, seize the initiative and act ambitiously. If not, an avalanche of change will sweep the system away.

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Oceans of Innovation: The Atlantic, The Pacific, Global Leadership and the Future of Education - Report Cover

Oceans of Innovation: The Atlantic, The Pacific, Global Leadership and the Future of Education

Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly and Saad Rizvi

August 2012

This report argues that the leaders of this next century, no matter who they are, will need exceptional skills to tackle the pressing challenges of the 21st century: climate change, regulation of the global economy, and international conflict resolution. Innovation drives economic influence; economic influence underpins global leadership; and global leadership requires innovation to solve the many problems facing humanity in the next half century. To be successful in the 21st century, systems need to combine what is already known about delivering whole system reform with the capacity to innovate, to learn from that innovation and then to continuously improve.

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