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Title: The Pre-requisites for a Quality Education System

The Pre-requisites for a Quality Education System
  • Tom Collins
  • President RCSI Bahrain
  • September 17th 2012

  • Why is Education Good and
  • What makes a Good Education

Education is Good because
  • It underpins
  • Economic Development
  • Social development and cohesion
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Healthy population
  • The well-being of future generations

The Ambient Environment
  • Recognise the limitations of Schooling
  • Recognise the role and importance of Parents
  • Harness the natural environment
  • Children are not just wannabee adults
  • Children are curious and want to learn

Social Context
  • Depleting Learning Environment
  • Early life learning requires active parenting
  • Warmth
  • Stability
  • Consistency
  • Stimulation
  • Lifelong Learning for a Knowledge Society
  • Digital Developments-migrants or Natives
  • A focus on the Prosumer rather than the Consumer

Gardner-Future Minds
  • The Disciplined Mind
  • The Synthesising Mind
  • The Creative Mind
  • The Respectful Mind
  • The Ethical Mind

  • For better or worse, teachers determine the
    quality of education
  • teacher as person
  • teacher as curriculum planner
  • teacher as instructor
  • teacher as researcher of his/her own teaching
  • Ref Clarke, C. Thoughtful Teaching

A Good Teacher
  • Relationship-to student and subject
  • I-thou rather than I-it personal not
  • Moral Basis-positive intervention in the life of
    the child and society
  • Based on meeting and accompanying the student
  • Passion for learning and endeavour

Deweys Contribution
  • Involves active, persistent, and careful
    consideration of any belief or practice in light
    of the reasons that support it and the further
    consequences to which it leads.
  • Integral attitudes are openmindedness,
    responsibility and wholeheartedness

Levels of Reflectiveness
  • Level One Everyday reflection- fleeting
  • Level Two Deliberate reflection - committed
  • Level Three Deliberate and systematic
    reflection - programmatic
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Factors inhibiting a reflective culture
  • Teachers role
  • Attachment to routine
  • Standards of appropriate behaviour
  • Isolation
  • Inadequacies of in-service
  • Conservative expectations
  • Education reformers vs teachers who implement
  • Artificial barriers (disciplines and teachers)
  • Piecemeal reform efforts (Eisner, 1998)

Higher Education
  • High levels of academic autonomny
  • Rigorous regulation of Quality and Accreditation
  • A culture of intellectual non-conformity
  • A coherent and global research infrastructure
  • A capacity to attract world class academics
  • The development of a postgraduate culture

Research Priorities
  • Health-diabetes and related conditions
  • Environment-Food security
  • Water conservation and distribution
  • Renewable Energy for a post oil world
  • Global politics
  • General Science and Engineering focus