Sensing the Education
“Get involved, have your say, and make a difference where it matters the most”
The Sensing the Education Future (SEF) project is all about bringing to light the everyday, yet important, conversations and experiences that occur in K – 12 schools throughout Western Australia! The goal is to create useful insights that can help us to explore and understand key issues facing the WA education system; and new ways of addressing these issues together, as an education community.
By collecting and sharing stories, communities are able to develop local solutions to local problems, and help influence government decisions by asking “How do we create more positive stories like this, and less negative ones like that?”
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 look different to the usual studies you have done, and will require you to think about the experience you shared, and use the markers to describe what was happening in your story. An example is provided below:
You can add as many stories as you like while the SEF Project is live from April to September, 2019. Ideally, you might add a story on a weekly or fortnightly basis. It shouldn’t be too taxing; you can type as if you were thinking out loud. Don’t worry about grammar or sounding polished! Don’t worry too much about choosing 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:
Since launching EDfutures in 2018, we have had a large number of conversations with teachers and school leaders across Western Australia about their experiences in the education system – both the positive and the negative. These stories have provided a rich insight into what it’s like to be an educator on the ground in the WA and have helped to shape the EDfutures initiative. We now want to collect these stories ‘on paper’ and turn them into a series of story archetypes that paint a picture of what it’s like to be an educator in Western Australia. This will form a baseline data set, a snapshot of educator experience, that will inform subsequent work as we seek to support systems change in education.
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 naming or identifying individuals. Use pseudonyms where appropriate and only share details you are comfortable with providing.