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If school is the problem, what is the solution?

Peter Twining giving his lecture

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Peter Twining, Professor of Education (Futures), delivered his inaugural lecture on what the future holds for schools. He talked about the mismatch between how children learn and formal learning and invited a panel to give their views on information and communications technology in schools.

Panel members were:

  • James Pilgrim, Headteacher, Kents Hill Park School
  • Poppy Petrou, 18-year old ex-student at Summerhill, co-educational boarding school in Suffolk
  • Mike Wood, Chair of the Centre for Personalised Education, expert on home education and flexi schooling
  • Professor Stephen Heppell, a leading voice on the role of ICT in learning and Professor of New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University

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If school is the problem, what is the solution?

About Professor Peter Twining

Peter Twining is Professor of Education (Futures) at The Open University. He has been a primary school teacher, initial teacher educator, the Head of Department of Education at The Open University, the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, and Co-Editor in Chief of Computers & Education. Peter has brought in over £10 million of external funding to The Open University, primarily linked with his focus on the future of education, building upon his understandings of pedagogy, teacher professional learning, educational change, and the role of digital technology in and on schooling.

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