What are the origins of teaching and learning? How can we think about the cultural diversity of schools and how schools influence our socio-cognitive development?
How do human conceptions of school and school improvement develop across cultures and over our lifetimes?
The Evolving Schools project is a collaboration emergent from across the many education networks of which we are a part. We distill the leading edge of evolutionary anthropology in teaching and learning to engage students around the world in reflecting on the big questions about schools and education in the 21st century. Using participatory community science methods, we don't simply study student conceptions of schooling, but work with students as researcher-practioner partners in school improvement research. That is, we work with students in secondary and higher education to develop innovative classroom activitities that make intuitive theories of schooling, explicit and visible. In this way, we are developing a foundational scientific understanding of the cultural and cognitive development of student thinking, while also providing a new platform for empowering student and whole-school community participation in driving educational innovation and improvements.
Contact Dustin Eirdosh for more information and/or to connect your classroom into this project.