The journey of sustaining a paradigm change in learning is one that should always evolve. There will not be a point where a model is created which is definitive and final. As society, technology and opportunities change, so too does our research and practice in connection to how learning works best.
Any coalition that is actively seeking to develop ‘best practice’ in learning needs to draw from existing research and diverse examples from across cultures and societies. If the vision has been developed through a collective process, that vision can unite the community.
Envisioning is an inherently grassroots process and needs to be allowed to empower further vision, ideation and research. A shared visioning process in a school context enables individual passion to unite with other like-minded individuals and, in so doing, become stronger. The shared passion evolves into a definitive collective viewpoint, based upon recent and accepted research, underpinning the pedagogic direction for the school community.
When research-based vision becomes part of the culture, it fosters action. Vision, supported by research, gives licence for early innovators to be adventurous by growing a culture of permission and provides the confidence needed to try different ideas.