Supporting dynamic learning
Killarney Heights Public School shares the impact of piloting contemporary teaching practice to engage students and to foster future-facing skills.
Location: Tralee Ave, Killarney Heights
Level: Primary School, Kinder to Year 6
Enrolment: 691 students (68% of students live in a home where a language other than English is spoken)
At Killarney Heights Public School, teachers have a collective vision for contemporary learning and teaching. The school leadership team has supported teachers to implement a repertoire of teaching strategies that are evidence-based and future-facing.
Two pilot flexible learning spaces were designed to enhance the authentic learning of students and to build their skills and capabilities for today and for their future.
Throughout the change process, teacher practice has been supported through professional dialogue, visits to other schools, teacher professional learning in contemporary practice, tours, and visits to the concept space at Australian Technology Park. Research has been reviewed and community consultation has taken place with teachers, parents, and students to support the innovation.
Our pilot study has shown that students have an increased sense of agency and autonomy over their learning and this results in increased engagement. Teachers engage in deep reflective practice. Observation and feedback from students demonstrate that the new spaces enable students to experience high levels of success in the areas of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving.
To access a visual representation of this journey, download the Killarney Heights Public School - Supporting dynamic learning infographic (PDF 61.73KB).
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Guiding readings and research
- Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation 2016, 5 essentials for effective evaluation
- Committee for Economic Development of Australia 2015, Australia?s future workforce
- Supported students, successful students
- Leadbeater, C. 2016 The Problem Solvers
- University of Wollongong Early Start Research Institute 2016, Spaces research project: Evaluation report (PDF, 1707KB)
- Regional Australia Institute 2016, The future of work: setting kids up for success