Innovative education is often perceived as a key strategy to improve the quality of education. Yet, is it also useful in efforts to reduce inequalities in education systems? This question was at the centre of debate among teaching professionals, researchers specialised in education, public managers and elected officials who participated in the international symposium ‘Innovative Education against Inequalities’, which took place at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site on the 28th of April.
The event, organised by the Jaume Bofill Foundation, together with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), brought together global experts on innovative pedagogies to exchange views and make proposals as to how innovation can contribute to the transformation of education systems in such a way that a truly equitable and quality education is offered to all. Speakers and participants were challenged to look beyond policy reform to the day-to-day reality of the teaching models applied at schools.
The symposium also provided the opportunity to present the new OECD programme Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning. The project seeks to influence thinking around education, as well as international education policies. By means of research and the collection of international evidence on teaching, learning and innovation, it is hoped that the programme will have a significant impact on teacher training and inspire leadership and new practices in the teaching profession around the world.
Marc Lafuente, OECD analyst, expands on this information in an interview.