Building on the success of the MESHGuides pilot, the Higher Education Knowledge Exchange (HEKE) initiative is focused on research summaries of subject knowledge for teachers at universities, colleges and senior teachers in schools.
A teacher in a senior school or university may only have one hour or two hours to introduce core knowledge in a subject to a student. In any one day they will be delivering many lessons. What are their sources of knowledge? Books take years to produce and in some subjects like science, can easily be out of date, knowledge they need may be hidden in PhD theses or individual articles. They have little chance of finding these. There is simply not enough time to do extensive research for every single hour’s lesson.
HEKE aims to provide teachers with up to date trusted/quality assured research based summaries in key topics – developed by experts currently researching the topic. The summaries link through to other accredited resources eg videos, articles, books. While the summaries are free to use, the production costs of research based knowledge are high and so users should expect to pay for materials that experts have taken hours, months and years to produce.
“Everything has been invented and there is nothing left for my generation to do” BM, a 14 year old, 1940
As well as giving teachers access to up to date knowledge, we expect each summary to outline new research that is needed and to include an invitation to young people to study in the area to develop new knowledge of benefit to all. Showing young people how they can contribute should help them move beyond what one of our supporters felt as a 14 year old in 1940 – that everything had been invented and there was nothing left for her generation to do.
It is also said that it took forty years for the new knowledge about plate tectonics to get into the school curriculum. We can now have systems which allow rapid dissemination of new research based knowledge. However, this also requires those who set the school curriculum to have access to research summaries so that they set a curriculum and assess learners on knowledge relevant today rather than that that was relevant yesterday.
Partners (details are updated regularly)
Here is a list of confirmed partners. There are a number of roles. Editorial roles are voluntary or supported by research or altruistic funding, if you have expertise to share please contact us so we can discuss your contribution firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as the Founder Members of MESH, new partners are joining to take forward the ‘marginal gains’ strategy for improving the quality of education worldwide developed at the first Global Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit in London in April 2016 and the follow up event in Worcester in June. These events are being repeated in 2017 – register an interest in attending here.
Institutes with reach beyond one country: International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa; Forum for African Women Educationalists
Teacher Networks:MirandaNet, International Research Schools
Professional Associations:Association for IT in Teacher Education, International Council on Education for Teaching.
Universities and ministries from individual countries
Afghanistan – partners confirmed
Cameroon- Dr Michael Nkwenti, University of Yaounde, Lead Inspector of Pedagogy, Educational Technologies, Ministry of Basic Education
Malawi – ADRA, Michael Usi; Chancellor College, University of Malawi
Malaysia – Universiti Tecknologi MARA, Assoc. Prof. Ling Siew Eng
Pakistan: International Islamic University, Islamabad: Prof. Jumani and Malik; Bahria University, Dr Tamim Khan; NUST, Assoc. Prof. Aamna
Philippines – University of the City of Manilla
Trinidad and Tobago
USA: Ball State University; Texas
UK: De Montfort University: Prof. Preston, Leask and Dr Younie