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FORUM: Wicked problems and real world issues

Posted by Tessa Gray

When: 3 Aug 2016 - 3 Sep 2016

Venue: Enabling e-Learning Beyond the classroom group

Fees: Free

Organiser: Enabling e-Learning

Contact: tessa.gray@core-ed.net and nathaniel.louwrens@core-ed.org

smiley FORUM: Wicked problems and real world issues 3rd August - 3rd September

In 2014, Connected Educator Month explored Key Competencies for the future and wrote:

School is supposed to prepare learners for their future lives… “Creative, energetic, enterprising...confident, connected, actively involved, and lifelong learners…”(NZC vision).  But – to what “futures” might they need to employ and apply these attributes? We can’t “see” the future. There is no data from the future. 

Research can help us to think about what the future could look like. But we also need to consider what we want that future to be. The key competencies, at the heart of the curriculum, might provide a fresh way of asking future focused questions about what today's learners need if they are to be ready for life beyond school.

So, what wicked problems and real life/real world issues are important enough for our students to be engaging with and about? Come join us as we debate this further in a dedicated forum discussion hosted in Beyond the classroom group


  • justin hickey

    Thanks Tessa. Great topic. I know it is something I am continuously musing over.

    For me I am always looking for the right balance between teacher designed and student designed problems and issues. However, I feel the discussion has to first look at the culture of a school. And how flexible a school is willing be in order to provide the environment for students to have an authentic voice in the design of their future.

    I often wonder if there is a disconnect between educators in any given school and the students whose future we are trying to prepare them for. Is the future we envisage for them the same future they envisage for themselves? Do we spend enough time providing our students with an authentic forum for them to share their vision and needs? 

    I think we have our students best intentions at heart, but I can't help feel that we need to afford them greater opportunities to share their vision of what they want their future to look like. I think that by doing this we would be able to deliver the curriculum in far more interesting and relevant ways that increase greatly, our ability to engage and meet the needs of our students.

    With informed support from educators, the potential for our students to have more of a say in the creation of their future is very exciting. I look forward to following this thread and reading what wonderful work educators are already doing in this area.




  • Tessa Gray

    Oops I replied to you yesterday Justin, but I think I lost my response. Just wanted to say thanks for adding your thoughts here, I can't wait for you to come and play in the forum when it's live, I'll send you the link.

    Your questions spoke to me, especially, Do we spend enough time providing our students with an authentic forum for them to share their vision and needs? Who gets to decide what's important for our kids to learn and when/how?

    I happened upon this website on the Top Ten Trends affecting us globally and in education from the World Economic Forum and wondered if any of these global issues are 'too big' or would render our students helpless or passive learners. I also wonder what some of these wicked ideas might look like closer to home. What do you think?

    Top ten trends 2015

  • Tessa Gray

    This thread has now kicked off today, and you're invited to add your 2 cents worth here @ /discussion/view/961940 smiley We'd love to hear your views and any learning experiences you've had in regards to delving into wicked problems in the classroom.