Developed by an international team of Australian, British and American educationists, What if Learning is a three-step approach which enables teachers to frame their pedagogy in terms of a Christian worldview, and to design the learning practices of their classroom to promote that idea. It is easy to implement within the Australian curriculum, in both Primary and Secondary schools, for any Stage or subject. Two websites have been created to house the What If Learning material - one has been developed for the UK/Australian context, while the other is shaped for the US context.
The What If Learning Approach
The 'What if Learning' approach consists of three broad steps: seeing anew, choosing engagement, and reshaping practice. You can explore these steps further and work through a Primary school example and a Secondary school example by clicking on these links, or by visiting the website. Then you can look in more detail at each step of the process below.
How do I approach Seeing Anew?
Seeing anew means allowing Christian ways of viewing the world to inform what we do. Talk of "Christian ways of seeing the world" is rather broad, though. What specific Christian emphases can inform how we teach and learn? How do they connect to concrete classroom examples? You can learn more and explore specific ways of seeing anew here.
How do I approach Choosing Engagement?
Choosing engagement is about the ways we interact with one another, with the things we are teaching and learning about, and with the world outside our classrooms. How can we shape the interactions and ways of engaging in our classrooms so that they support the Christian vision of learning that seeing anew points to? You can get some practical suggestions here.
How do I approach Reshaping Practice?
The shaping of our imaginations and our interactions has a lot to do with concrete habits and patterns of practice – the use we make of resources, classroom layouts, pictures and objects, gestures, and so on. We need to take a careful look at these patterns of practice to see if they really fit what we are aiming for. You can find some specific ways to examine your existing practices here.