Shellharbour Anglican College has decided to embark on a journey to transform the learning that occurs across the College. We are developing a new learning framework based on the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL).
This is an approach to building knowledge of the practices that deepen learning and the conditions that foster deep change in school and whole systems. The NPDL Model helps systems focus on achieving equity, quality learning and well-being for the entire system – all schools, all students. Our aim is to frame this, off-the-shelf approach, from NPDL to incorporate the mission of the school and embed our faith in Christ in learning.
The Deep Learning Framework consists of three core components (figure below). First, there must be clarity about the learning goals and what it means to be a deep learner; specifically, to become proficient in the Global Competencies (6Cs). Second, Deep Learning is fostered when four learning design elements are intentionally integrated. These learning design elements a(at the centre of the figure below) are Learning Partnerships, Learning Environments, Leveraging Digital and Pedagogical Practices. Third, it will happen when the conditions for innovation, growth, and a culture of learning for all are created. These conditions, as displayed below, include school culture, district or regional qualities, and system policies especially related to vision, goals and investment in the system.
The Six Global Competencies (6Cs) include the following:
6. Critical Thinking