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Cycling 11 as a step to align learning in secondary schools with learning in the ‘real world’ Dietrich, Darryl


“If we want young people with the competencies to innovate and make our economy more competitive, we need to model our schools after how innovation actually happens” ~Dr. Pasi Sahlberg (Finnish educator, scholar, and policy advisor) As I see it, the educational landscape in British Columbia, Canada is contradictory in its present state. Our education system, from the Ministry of Education at the top, down to teachers and students in classrooms, are not preparing students for success in the post-secondary world. There is a disconnect between how people learn after secondary school with how we expect them to learn while enrolled in school. The goal of this paper is threefold. Firstly, I will critically examine the existing frameworks for education in British Columbia, and propose changes that better align how people learn in formal and informal learning environments. Secondly, I will outline my epistemological stance, and discuss how it differs with the structures currently in place. Thirdly, a learning resource package for Cycling 11 – a new course curriculum written for the Vancouver School Board – will be proposed for educator use. Cycling 11 will be discussed throughout as it provides direct evidence of a solution to what I see as the problem in British Columbia schools.

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