The term ‘disruptive’ is often used in terms of promoting the rate of change in an organisation. It is applied equally to the economy and to education. The word tends to carry many negative connotations related to destruction and being unhelpfully obstructive of the normal practice of organisations. For this reason, some further explanation is required.
‘Disruption’ is accurate insofar as it requires some fundamental discontinuity with the accepted way of doing things. That is because disruptive practices engage not at the level of the operations of schools or businesses, but at the level of the culture that underpins them. They challenge not a policy document, but ‘the way we do things around here’.
Examples of disruption in the economy may include the opportunities generated at the expense of the high street retailers by online shopping. In education, the move towards giving students a real voice in the decisions that drive the school forward may mean that previously expected practice needs fundamental realignment. The move from the teacher dominating the classroom and the subsequent focus on pedagogy, might be replaced by students having more autonomy to navigate through their learning and the development of heutagogy.
The infographic below, from our friends at Shake Up Learning, might be ‘disruptive’ to a traditionally-based school, but food and drink to one which has already embraced change…
Source: 16 Things Teachers Should Try in 2016 infographic | Shake Up Learning