Don’t rob teachers of their professional agency with online learning

One digital technologies expert has a direct warning for policymakers and school leaders navigating the COVID-19 waters: lock teachers into certain ways of delivering online learning and you’ll squash their professional agency

Dr Michael Phillips, a senior lecturer at Monash University and former school principal, told EducationHQ that now is not the time for stringent mandates to be cast from above.

“[They should] not be overly prescriptive about the way that they want teachers to be working with young people, because I think that is going to potentially stifle some very creative and thoughtful approaches to education challenges,” Phillips said.

In fact, the expert believes the shift to online learning presents an incredible opportunity for our teachers to reclaim a real sense of agency with their pedagogy.

Read the full article by Sarah Duggan in EducationHQ