Developing Environments of Enquiry is a professional learning programme developed and led by Sightlines Initiative consultants. It provides an opportunity for educators and others working in the educational field to develop their practice, expertise and capacity to build environments where children's learning flourishes. It is founded upon building learning environments of
Here are some downloadable pdfs, so that you can print and discuss with colleagues:
Here is a slideshow introducing some basic principles of the Framework:
and here is a short film about the course.
Participants will deepen their understanding through action research, reading, reflection, dialogue, and the undertaking of transformational change. The course consists of a number of development days, interwoven by ongoing work in settings and continuing group reflections. Here is a downloadable document about it.
"For me, the whole course, and especially my classroom enquiry, were profound experiences; through active listening, through attentive, respectful interactions, I saw so much learning. The Cambridge Primary Review highlights 'well-being, engagement, empowerment and autonomy' as key values: my own small-scale enquiry has convinced me that these are not just fine words on a page but practical possibilities for all educators and their children."
DEoE M.A. cert course, University of Northumbria
Developing Environments of Enquiry is centred on valuing children as competent, sociable, imaginative and expressive learners. it aims to develop pedagogical frameworks that focus on children's fascinations and enquiries in relationship with others using many expressive languages. It is addionally informed by the experiences of colleagues in Reggio Emilia whose early childhood centres are built upon and embody such an approach. Sightlines Initiative offers bespoke courses to suit your particular requirements. To find out more, please contact Robin at Sightlines' office on 0191 2617666 or email robin (at) sightlines-initiative.com