Comparative Analysis Findings

  • Ian G. Kennedy
  • Gloria Latham
  • Hélia Jacinto
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


In this Qualitative Comparative Analysis, the ideas of  posters in a global online exchange are compared to a group of Big Thinkers in 21st century education. The analysis reveals many commonalities in their desire for urgent and radical change. Both groups are in agreement that a new paradigm of education is required, providing far more autonomy to teachers. In order for education to move towards innovation, creativity and cooperative problem-solving, the current and enduring tensions between this radical change and the prevailing standardisation discourse need to be resolved. There are opportunities for further research and action.


Collective genius Global challenges Paradigm shift Problem-based learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian G. Kennedy
    • 1
  • Gloria Latham
    • 2
  • Hélia Jacinto
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the Witwatersrand (ret.)JohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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