On the important differences between literacies, skills and competencies.

I’ve currently knee-deep in web literacies stuff for Mozilla. Or should that be web skills? Or perhaps web competencies? It’s a complex, contested, and nuanced area. The differences between literacies, skills and competencies shouldn’t merely be glossed over and ignored. These differences are important. Let me explain. Literacies Literacy is the ability to read and […]

Why the knowledge vs. skills debate in education is wrong-headed.

Back when I was a lowly trainee teacher I engaged in a debate with someone high up in the local authority after a training session. They were arguing that ‘skills’ are all we need to teach young people. I argued (as a History teacher) that they didn’t know what they were talking about. Now, however, […]

The problem(s) of 21st century literacy/ies

As most people reading this will already know, I’m studying towards an Ed.D. at the moment. My (tentative) thesis title is What does it mean to be ‘educated’ and ‘digitally literate’? The impact of ICT and the knowledge society upon education in the 21st century.. You can find my thesis proposal here and bookmarks related to my studies here. My current thinking is that I’m just going to focus on the concept of what ‘literacy’ means in the 21st century as it’s a huge and confused (confusing?) field.

My Ed.D. thesis proposal: What does it mean to be ‘digitally literate’?

submitted the second version of my Ed.D. thesis proposal a while back now. I had to re-submit as I failed the first submission. This was a bit of a shock to the system, never having failed anything academically before. I was advised to wait until I had the marks back for the thesis proposal before posting it on my blog. Here it is…