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Schome Park

Written by Clare Cullen on woensdag 27 oktober 2010 10:06
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Schome Park was an element of the Open University’s Schome research initiative, and
was active from 2006-2008. It was established as a means of putting into practice some
of the new learning theories and pedagogies proposed by Schome research staf at the
Open University. The Schome initiative aims to overcome some of the problems of the
current education system by building upon evidence from existing sources: learning theory (particularly socio-cultural theory); cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT); evidence
from educational research (including practitioner and action research) in areas
such as motivation, leadership, and the management of change .
Ultimately, Schome hopes to bring together children, parents, policy makers, academics,
students, home educators, employers, teachers and other practitioners from around the
world as part of a community who will collaboratively devise a new educational system.


Country United Kingdom
Coverage local
Number of users 101-200
Project website
Status pilot
Context & focus Open University (UK) project that explored new educational possibilities of co-learning and peer mentoring in an inclusive community; participants were young people aged 13-17 with difficulties in mainstream schooling (funded by National Association for Gifted and Talented Youth, The Innovation Unit, Becta)
Issue & target group addressed Explore new educational possibilities of co-learning and peer mentoring of young people with difficulties in mainstream schooling
Web 2.0 supported intervention and intended impact Provide a virtual world for open learning practices that challenge traditional teacher-student roles and assessment of learning, allowing for re-envisioning education and new scenarios of schooling
Web 2.0 technologies used Second Life virtual world, wiki, weblogs, forums, media-sharing (YouTube,, Flickr)
Main problems encountered Lack of fast internet access and e-skills by some members of the target group; educational staff asked for more direction (e.g. clearer alignment to curriculum) and technical support; difficult to monitor and assess learning progress and outcomes.
Lessons learned / advice Open learning models challenge traditional school settings, in particular, teacher-student roles and assessment of learning outcomes. Teachers are likely to fear loosing control and need pedagogical as well technical training to develop collaborative e-learning skills.

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