MIE - Minimally Invasive Education

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From a lecture in Bombay (May 2012) Mitra outlines his research on Remoteness, The Hole in the Wall Experiments, and the Granny Cloud. He shows how the children in his experiments were able to Self Organize their learning and reemphasizes the importance of connections and working together in groups. When Mitra talks of children learning on their own, he means in the absence of adults (not in isolation). It is crucial that children work in groups and these are often refereed to as Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLES). As stated in a previous post Mitra discusses that his research has shown that the future of education requires the following skills: Reading and Comprehension, Search and Synthesis, A system of belief. He goes on to outline his new research: If children can self-organise their learning, can they then self-learn these fundamental skills? In other words: Can children in remote areas teach themselves to read in SOLEs? This is the new and exciting next step in his research where he will be investigating this very thing. Can we open up a whole new world of opportunity for our remote learners? We can only wait and see. Sugata Mitra's full lecture here



Over the next few months I will be exploring the notion of Assessment with Jo Fothergill. We will be arguing that assessment needs to be:

  • flexible
  • self organised
  • owned by the children and the communities that they live in
  • less Eurocentric

We will be looking specifically at children in remote areas and we will be looking at the effects that Eurocentric assessment tools and pedagogies have on our remote learners.

My MIE presentation to the Emerging Leaders Symposium May 2011 - Tara's ELS talk