ACE ACT B&B: The Future of Education & Skills

Monday 19th November 2018

Event Details

ACE ACT with the generous support of the The Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra, invite you to a unique way to start your day – ACE B&B (Breakfast and Briefing). This is the 1st presentation in Canberra by Dr Phil Lambert, having sold out two Sydney based events earlier in the year.

Dr Lambert will discuss his involvement on the OECD Education 2030 Framework Project Team and his recent Future Frontiers Background Paper for the NSW Department of Education. Dr Lambert concluded in his Future Frontiers Background Paper:

There is clear recognition across the globe that the acquisition of technical knowledge and know-how (mastery and techniques), though valued, are not sufficient for young people to navigate life and work in a world that is complex and characterised by ambiguities and uncertainty.

Drawing on his OECD experience and a strong reference base, Dr Lambert invite attendees to look at the educational horizon for students who have already commenced their schooling in a rapidly changing world.


The Speaker

Dr Phil Lambert FACE PSM

Dr Lambert assumed the role of National President of the  Australian College of Educators in July 2018 having  previously held the role of ACE NSW President from 2016.

Phil is the former General Manager, Australian Curriculum at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Regional Director of Schools, Sydney.

Dr Lambert has recently supported the development of national curriculum reforms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, assisted the Brazilian government in the development of its national learning standards and undertaken a review of senior secondary curriculum for the United Arab Emirates. He is also Lead Curriculum Expert to the OECD Education 2030 Framework project.

Dr Lambert completed both his Masters and Doctorate at the University of Sydney where he continues to support the education faculty as Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Notre Dame University and Adjunct Professor at Nanjing Normal University.

The Topic

The Future of Education & Skills

The Japanese want their kids to be better problem solvers. In Finland, they’re encouraging expression. In classrooms of Singapore, children are bing taught critical and inventive thinking.

Across the world, many countries are pouring resources into pinpointing the skills, behaviours and new knowledge young people need to successfully navigate life and work in the 21st century.

Australia too is trying to integrate these skills into its national and state curricula. There are significant implications for teaching, learning and assessment.

As Australia looks to change, some will feel threatened. In the past, regime loyalists have been highly successful in undermining good reform intentions. They will do and say whatever they can to thwart this.

What is now needed from governments at all levels in Australia is the same commitment shown in other countries to ensure the overdue vision for curriculum reform is realised. Our young people deserve nothing less.

(Extract taken from Students need different skills for a changing world, Sydney Morning Herald 8 October 2018).

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