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The Charity – The Education Futures Collaboration

efcVision and Values

The ideas, values and work strands underpinning the charity supporting MESH, the Education Futures Collaboration (EFC), have been evolving for many years through the work of a number of Founding Members. In 2012, they formed the Education Futures Collaboration. Membership is open to all with an interest in education.  Further details are available  on www.edfuturescollaboration.org

Aims of the Education Futures Collaboration:

  • Improve student attainment
  • Improve the quality of teaching in schools, further and higher education
  • Provide newly qualified educators with ongoing support
  • Provide access to research informed professional knowledge for educators
  • Find new and practical ways to improve educators’ knowledge and educator quality including the use of technologies to give cost effective solutions
  • Create a joined up profession, linking research with best practice in all schools, further and higher education for the benefit of student learning
  • Break through barriers in student learning, teaching and learning of particular concepts
  • Join up the pockets of excellence in teaching and evidence based practice.

There are pockets of innovation, evidence-based practice and excellence in teaching and learning, nationally and internationally, but if educators are to succeed in a time of global financial uncertainty and educational change, then we must act together to join these pockets up within a specialist environment, which connects us and our ideas and aggregates our networks for the betterment of our profession and the learners.

The Education Futures Collaboration is an education sector developed and managed initiative,  providing an e-infrastructure to support education as it transforms into a ‘knowledge industry’ and supporting knowledge transfer, collaborative knowledge building and sharing within education sectors in individual countries as well as worldwide. Knowledge management (KM) tools and web 2.0 tools are being adopted widely by private companies and other public sector organisations as ways of improving practice but this is lacking in the education sector.

The Education Futures Collaboration aims to professionalise teaching and to support professional judgement with evidence through the creation of a sustainable model for knowledge mobilisation and collaboration using web 2.0 tools in the education sector.

The Collaboration notes parallel work undertaken in health to build and quality assure the research base and make this available to practitioners through, for example, the Cochrane Collaboration, the Map of Medicine and in the UK, NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).   The work of the Campbell Collaboration in the social sciences is also noted.

Staff from different countries and from a wide range of universities and schools are already involved in EFC activities. Contributions are welcome in any language. The Google Translate tool at the top of the Welcome page provides translation help in 80 languages. If you are interested in doing this please email enquiries@MESHguides.org . The current EFC chair is Professor Marilyn Leask, University of Bedfordshire, email marilyn.leask@beds.ac.uk,

Governance

Governance is through the Board of Trustees, which is made up from the Member Organisations, Associated Organisations and Observers. See www.edfuturescollaboration.org for further information.

Patron


We welcome Professor Stephen Heppell, Bournemnouth University and previously Director of Ultralab Anglia Ruskin University as a Founding Patron.