Sensing the Education Future Project
“Get involved, have your say, and make a difference where it matters the most”
Since launching EDfutures, we have had hundreds of conversations with teachers and school leaders across Western Australia about their experiences in the education system. These stories have provided a rich insight into what it’s like to be an educator ‘on the ground’ in WA; and they have helped to shape the development of the EDfutures initiative. We believe they hold the answer to the question, “what is the future of the education system?”
This project is our attempt to turn those stories into a grassroots advocacy tool. A message, from the education community, about what matters in education.
The SenseMaker® begins with a question that will prompt you to tell a story about your experience in the education system in Western Australia. You can think of the SenseMaker® as an online reflective journal. Your story may be a personal experience or observation, or simply hear-say. This will be followed by some specific questions which relate to your story. These questions will require you to think about the experience you shared, and use a marker to describe what was happening in your story. An example is provided below:
Other questions will relate to your situation at the time your story took place e.g. how long you had been teaching and the type of school your were working in at the time of your story.
You can add as many stories as you like while the SEF Project is live from April to September, 2019. It shouldn’t be too taxing; don’t worry too much about writing the “perfect” story, simply choose the first story that comes to mind at this moment.
If you are unsure with some of the follow up questions, always default to what “feels” right or an intuitive response. The questions are about your story, your experience, and your perspective of your experience - as long as it feels right to you.
Take a look at this short video to better understand how to use the tool:
In this first phase of the study, we want to hear from K - 12 Educators: teachers, school leaders, and school support staff, from across Western Australia.
Your first entry may take 10 to 15 minutes. Subsequent entries may be done more quickly. All contributions are anonymous, and we ask everyone to refrain from identifying individuals. Use pseudonyms where appropriate and only share details you are comfortable with providing. The follow up questions relate to the story you have chosen to tell; and your situation at the time that particular story took place.
If you have a question or comment you would like to send us, you can email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on social media: Facebook @FogartyEDfutures, Twitter @EDfuturesWA