UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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international conference on Redesigning Pedagogy: Developing New Learning Contexts for a Globalising World, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Month of Conference: 
June 2009
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The knight's move is a metaphor based on the pattern of movement associated with the chess piece, the knight. It invites thinking that draws on otherwise incommensurate ideas. It is the unexpected, novel combinations of ideas that holds most promise for innovation. Erica McWilliam (2008) argues this in her discussion of creativity, and the pedagogical practices necessary for the education of the creative workforce. Drawing on the Wikipedia discussion, we argue there are particular aspects of the knight's pattern of movement that have particular relevance to Singaporean teachers' learning. First, the knight is not free in its movement-it is forbidden to take the straight road. Similarly, and ironically, policy shifts like TLLM mean that teachers are neither free to continue traditional practices, nor to abandon them. Second, the knight can jump over other pieces to occupy open spaces that threaten opposing pieces. Singaporean teachers also need to 'jump over' well-established ideas and practices in order to take up new and powerful ideas and/or pedagogical practices. Third, the knight's move is most effective if the piece is located towards the centre of the board. Extensive research indicates that moves to re-design pedagogical practices needs to confront issues and practices that are central to traditional practice. Seeking innovation-at-the-margins is likely to ensure its influence remains at-the-margins. This paper explores teachers' learning that draws on thinking and research from fields outside the more traditional focus of the professional development literature and educational psychology, and the related areas of curriculum, assessment, and educational leadership.
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