Thinking data

So, I’ve done a bunch of interviews and my generous Mother has transcribed them – what next? 

Somehow I have to make sense of the information so it becomes a valuable resource for others – and as usual in my world this seems to involve large sheets of paper, post-it notes and plenty of coloured pens.

Today’s technique is to select 8 random words or phrases (by random I mean issues, thoughts or theories that have been lurking in my head) and read through the interviews to see if I can make any connections. 

Like the ‘thinking sticks‘ concept I used a lot while homeschooling it provides a platform for making connections where they didn’t exist before. The result? New ideas and new ways of processing the data.

Photograph: Alamy

Education for this Generation

There’s much chatter around the facts of our current education system: pioneered in the industrial age; designed to teach children to sit still for factory work and in more recent years, to enable them to pass a series of tests against which their success (and the success of the whole system) will be judged.

Whatever you think of this current system, love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny that even the most successful schools struggle to provide future-proof education for this generation. Continue reading

What is education anyway?


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” W.B. Yeats

Every weekday I wake my children and make sure they dress smartly, eat a hearty breakfast and have everything they need for their day ahead. Then I wave them goodbye as I send them to school. On many days I then turn and ask myself ‘why?’ Continue reading