The Scottish China Education Network
SCEN is having a busy and productive time. The SCEN/Royal Botanic Garden Event earlier this month, Plants of China and of Scotland, was a resounding success, thanks to Susie Kelpie and her amazing RBGE team: see the comments by SCEN Field Worker Simon Macaulay on our website, http://scen.uk.com.
The SCEN Board meets on the morning of Tuesday 27 September in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in the afternoon the SCEN Seminar, Young China and Young Scotland, will be introduced by our distinguished President, The Rt Hon The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn. We have a marvellous crowd involved: it will be so good to see the lively interaction of young professionals such as Adam Purvis of The Power of Youth and Chen Jie from the Confucius Institute for Scotland, with senior pupils from a wide range of schools. Even old codgers like me are excited about it!
But now there is something with a focus on educators, whether your involvement is in school, college or university education or in national government or local authority; parents too:
THE SCEN LECTURE 2011: Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education
What Scotland can learn from Shanghai China and other successful education systems around the world.
Michael Davidson, Senior Analyst from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD) will present the latest results from the Programme for International Assessment (PISA) to show how well Scotland’s 15-year olds perform in reading, mathematics and science against their international neighbours. Together with an analysis of the policies and practices of those education systems that perform best or who are advancing rapidly, the discussion will examine what Scotland can learn from such leading performers as Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Liberton High School, Edinburgh
Friday 18 November 2011 from 2.00 to 3.30 pm
FREE admission to all participants – but spaces are limited!
Scottish born Michael Davidson currently leads for OECD on PISA work. He presents around the world on the messages behind the statistics of PISA findings and the significance to education systems world wide. This will be the first time that Mr Davidson has presented publicly in Scotland. PISA findings, currently based on tests sat by 15 year olds in 65 countries, represents the most authoritative data available on the educational progress of school students across the world. The data helps form governments’ education policy development, including in Scotland, and is a point of reference in major recent reports on education in Scotland, including the Donaldson review of teacher education and the McCormac report.
This presentation will be of significant importance to anyone interested in the future direction of Scottish education – whether teachers, lecturers, students(school & university), parents, academics, policy makers at national and local level.
The event is organised by the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN)
Please email JudithMcClure12A@aol.com NOW if you want to book your place