The following list contains some of the readings and videos that were influential in shaping the design of LIKA, the Leading in the Knowledge Age product that helps students to develop 10 imperative deeper learning competencies.

These resources are categorized by interest group and annotated for quick reference. By clicking on “more…” at the end of each section, you will find a more comprehensive listing for reference.

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John Hattie’s work has influenced the thinking of many experienced educators because his prodigious synthesis of research has shaken up general notions of what helps students to achieve and why.

Hattie, J. Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement, NY, Routledge, 2009.

Tony Wagner is perhaps the most familiar of the advocates for a focus on skills such as collaboration and inventiveness. Author of several highly regarded books which are also best-sellers, he is also an engaging speaker, as you will see in this clip.

This paper discusses issues related to the teaching and assessment of 21st Century skills in OECD countries. Based on the responses of 17 countries to a questionnaire and other relevant material, the study finds that although these skills are covered in the regulations and guidelines of each country, there are few definitions of the skills and virtually no assessment models.

Ananiadou, K. and M. Claro (2009), “21st Century Skills and Competences for New Millennium Learners in OECD Countries”, OECD Education Working Papers, No. 41, OECD Publishing.

Sir Ken Robinson on creativity in education:


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We owe our youth an education that prepares them for future realities. Many of us experienced just such an education, at a time when learning was confined, for the most part, to classrooms and extra-curricular activities. That reality has changed. Listen to what Peter Senge, noted MIT lecturer, and author of the seminal 1990 work, The Fifth Discipline, has to say about “Where we must go…”

Senge, P: On the Future of Education: Where we must go:

Here is the learning environment that Eric Mazur’s students survive and thrive in when they study Physics with him at Harvard.  Take a look at design pedagogy in action.

Mazur, E. Harvard University School of Engineering AP50 Physics.

He’s funny, wise and right – and his “hits” record on YouTube, for what are essentially talks about education, is stratospheric. We have yet to find a boring Sir Ken Robinson clip – here’s one to listen to, but any that you find on your own will deliver the same important message about nurturing collaboration and creativity.

Where does all this lead?  It leads straight to a new framework within which people organize themselves to do work and to thrive in a new global economy.

The New Organisation (Article in The Economist)

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Youth unemployment is an issue world-wide. Is this the result of a skills gap or a skills mismatch? Does the solution lie in what we learn or how we learn? Tom Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of such noted works as The World is Flat and That Used to Be Us, had this to say in 2011 to the National Governors Association Annual Meeting:

National Governors Association Annual Meeting, Thomas Friedman Remarks

Daniel Pink has spent a lot of time puzzling about motivation – here is Pink in 10 minutes of thoughtful sharing on the subject of what motivates us – useful for both employers and those seeking jobs.

Harvard professor, Clayton Christensen, is regarded as one of the world’s top authorities on innovation and growth and is the architect of “disruptive innovation”. In his book, Disrupting Class, Christensen discusses the power of technology to transform education and better serve the students.

Christensen, C. and M. Horn and C. Johnson.  Disrupting Class. McGraw-Hill, 2nd edition, 2010.

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