Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Fieldwork doesn't Pay

    More precisely, fieldwork doesn't pay if you're a lawyer, it seems.  Thanks to Nick Jones for spotting this in the Guardian. A Freedom of Information Act investigation of local authorities by the Countryside Alliance [ CA ]  – 138 responded – has...

  • Critical Thinking for Development Education

    To Galway for the 2009 DERN conference: Critical Thinking for Development Education – moving from evaluation to research.  Good to be back in Ireland and once more amongst development education types many of whose assumptions and ways of thinking I...

  • SDRN Conference

    The annual SDRN conference was held last week at the Welcome Trust.  For the first time in its 10 year history there was a slot on the programme for a focus on education (on ESD), and I was happy to...

  • The Idea of Justice

    I went to hear Amartya Sen a few weeks ago and was rather disappointed – not by the great man himself but by how the session was organised (disorganised more like).   It was so bad that it was hard...

  • Research Grants Nosedive – time for a creative response

    Thus, Times Higher Education [ THE ] reported the increasingly small chance that researchers now have of squeezing cash out of six research councils.  Across the piece, applicants have a 23% chance of funding, and the figure is less than...

  • Taxpayers funding Brazilian dance troupe in London borough – Shock

    Those of us reading the Daily Mail regularly will already have enjoyed this headline on 12th September.  Not bad as the Mail goes, I suppose, but not a patch on the Sun's recent "Get De Beers in" as England's footballers...

  • Earth First!

    Holidays almost over, and the urge to sit in front of a computer reasserts itself in my priorities, elbowing the taking of exercise out of the way.  I did manage some fresh air and walking during the break, however, and...

  • The Journal of Unpublishable Papers

    In this week's Economist, there's a heart-warming story of a successful journal start up.  Rejecta Mathematica is a "real open access online journal publishing only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals in the mathematical sciences".  As the Economist...

  • Are young people really worried about climate change?

    I wrote the following on June 20th, and tracked down Pete Williams from Somerfield, asking for a copy of the report that Bjorn Lomborg seems to have been so impressed by.  Alas, I've heard nothing.  Time to chase again, perhaps....

  • Judging the Effectiveness of a Sustainable School

    This essay explores a central question for all those involved in education and sustainability (ESD): What are you really most interested in: educational or social outcomes—what learners learn, or what they do? Although this is hardly a new question, the paper argues that...