At the nexus of learning and innovation
October 2, 2:00 pm

Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney

Making a niche for educational ecology as an applied science with Professor Peter Goodyear


Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney

This seminar will offer a preview of a book Peter has been writing with Rob Ellis. The book is due to appear in the Routledge SRHE (Society for Research in Higher Education) series next year.

"The talk, like the book, will fall into two halves. In the first half, I will share some results from a set of 54 semi-structured interviews carried out in 39 Australian universities with senior staff holding leadership responsibilities for Education, IT and Facilities/Estates: (typically, Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Education), Chief Information Officers and Directors of Estates). Among other things, this corpus of interview material indicates how difficult it is to integrate strategic thinking about teaching and learning, IT and learning spaces. In the second half, I will outline some ideas that may come together around the notion of educational ecology as an applied science. One practical purpose of this applied science is to provide a better framing for shared work on the integration of educational, IT and estates strategies. Some of the pieces being assembled in the second half of the book include: a shift to service design for activity systems; ecological accounts of educational processes and environments (from Urie Bronfenbrenner, Ron Barnett, Rose Luckin and others); action-oriented approaches to inquiry and research-practice partnerships."

  • When: October 2nd, 2.00-3.30 (join us for refreshments from 1.45pm)
  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney
  • No registration is needed, just come on the day
  • This seminar will be recorded

Peter Goodyear is a Professor of Education at The University of Sydney. His most recent books are: Epistemic fluency and professional education (with Lina Markauskaite, 2017, Springer), Place-based spaces for networked learning (with Lucila Carvalho, 2017, Routledge), and Spaces of teaching and learning (with Rob Ellis, 2018, Springer). He is currently working with Rob Ellis on The education ecology of universities (Routledge/SRHE, 2019).  Peter Goodyear was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council in 2008 and an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2010. He was a founding co-director of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI).