It seems that almost the entire world is on lockdown at the moment, which includes the suspension of formal schooling in over 180 countries. As a result, parents and caregivers around the world have found themselves in the unexpected role of ‘teacher’ – often with little to no previous experience. While this situation is indeed … Continue reading Learning through Play at Home – Lockdown Activities
We often speak of the “VUCA” world we live in – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. In the past few weeks, however, we’ve gotten a real experience of what this means and how it can impact education. The rapid spread of the Coronavirus across the world and the drastic measures being taken to slow down … Continue reading Education in a VUCA world – Challenges of Covid-19
This is Part 2 of a series of articles exploring the role of Design-based Research in the Sandbox Project. You can read Part 1 here. Some Challenges and Tensions Because of its commitment to trying to understand what happens in complex learning environments, Design-based Research (DBR) has to balance some tensions and trade-offs in its … Continue reading Design-based Research and the Sandbox Project
This is Part 1 of a series of articles about Design-based Research in the Sandbox Project. You can read Part 2 here. Action research, Quasi-experimental research, Ethnographic study… There are many different types of research used in education, each with their own history and terminology – it can sometimes seem quite overwhelming! Throughout the long … Continue reading Design-based Research: What is it, and Why are we using it?
The year has begun, and the Sandbox Project has hit the ground running! After a year of design, advocacy, and on-the-ground engagement with the pilot schools, this weekend marked a milestone for the project with the launch of our first structured intervention. The Competency-based Learning Programme (CLP) is one of a suite of interventions to … Continue reading Ready, Set, Go! Sandbox 2020 Kickoff
This is Part 2 of the article on Lessons in Change. You can read Part 1 here. What are teachers’ experiences of teaching? South African teachers deal with a lot on a daily basis. As many of our Sandbox teachers have said, they are not only expected to teach, but to be parents, psychologists, and … Continue reading Reflection: Lessons in Change – Part 2
Human beings are complicated, and change is complicated. As the Sandbox Project progresses, we are starting to experience this complexity in all its glory at our 11 pilot schools. There have been small wins, setbacks, mistakes, and pleasant surprises along the way – all serving to reinforce both the importance and the difficulty of social … Continue reading Reflection: Lessons in Change – Part 1