On Tuesday evening, Dr Brad Merrick, the outgoing Director of the Barker Institute spoke on the emerging key areas in Educational Research and Ms Rowena Dudgeon provided an overview of the new Wellbeing framework and model that will be introduced at Barker College in 2019. Dr Merrick spoke about the need to ensure students engage in learning and the importance of intrinsic motivation and passion in all they do, be it areas they are fascinated by, curious about, or just enjoy participating in. He mentioned the importance of being fully engaged and the importance of honouring the creative and collaborative processes that are part of learning. Using a series of musical references, and several extracts of research projects undertaken at Barker College, he highlighted the need for a holistic approach to learning that embraces and acknowledges the academic, social and emotional domains, while also developing key skills associated with character including the interpersonal, intrapersonal and intellectual aspects of a student’s being.
Ms Dudgeon introduced the new school Wellbeing framework as part of the broader focus on THRIVING and shared the importance of wellbeing in the curriculum and how it is central to us all. Using a range of stories, videos and information, she referenced the need to acknowledge the speed of brain development in adolescents, while also noting the importance of having a balanced approach to learning. She outlined the CASEL model that will be the centre of the Barker Wellbeing model, while also highlighting the new houses and structures that will be in place for 2019 as part of the 'CONNECT' focus time where students and teachers share their learning journey regularly.
The night provided a good overview of important developments in learning both from a research perspective and also from the whole School view at Barker College. The slides from both presentations 'Emerging research - Hot areas in Education ' and 'Wellbeing at Barker' are attached here if you would like to download and read them further.