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Lead the Change interview with Dr. Juana M. Sanhco-Gil

Dr.Juana M. Sancho-Gil

Dr. Juana M. Sancho-Gil

Dr. Juana M. Sancho-Gil is Full Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of Barcelona. Dr. Sancho-Gil has a longstanding and steady experience in promoting research policy at institutional level, advising research programs and projects, and assessing and managing research projects. At the moment she is coordinating the European project DIYLab-Do It Yourself in Education: Expanding Digital Competence to Foster Student Agency and Collaborative Learning. Dr. Sancho-Gil won the national educational research award, first in 1987 and again in 2003.

In this interview, which is part of the Lead the Change Series of the American Educational Research Association Educational Change Special Interest Group, Leithwood shares thoughts on the field of educational change, and provides details of her current work in Spain:

In the context of Spain, where a ruling party has approved and is implementing a regressive educational law, I take part in what is called the Foro de Sevilla. In 2012, the Spanish Minister of Education promoted a new educational law (Ley orgánica de mejora de la calidad educative–LOMCE). Because it was a majority government, the proposal was developed in an authoritarian manner and was highly confronted by diverse political parties, and civic and public entities. A group of university professors, teachers, union members, and representatives of parent associations, concerned about the clear educational and democratic recoil of the proposed law, met in Seville and wrote a manifesto. Since then, we have been discussing the different challenges to be met by education, involving more and more groups in the discussion and engaging in the development of proposals.

This Lead the Change interview appears as part of a series that features experts from around the globe, highlights promising research and practice, and offers expert insight on small- and large-scale educational change. Recently Lead the Change has also published interviews with Diane Ravitch, and the contributors to Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013) edited by Helen Janc Malone, have participated in a series of blogs from Education Week.

Education reforms in Spain, Mexico, and China

Philippe Lopez | AFP | Getty Images

Philippe Lopez | AFP | Getty Images

Over the past month, reports have touched on large scale reforms and resolutions. Spain’s recent reform effort includes a revised national syllabus and a proposed shift in the language of instruction, and has been met with protests, mainly over the cuts to funding, wages, and working conditions. Mexico’s Senate passed a controversial education reform bill that will institute standardized testing for teachers, and a new teacher evaluation system – measures that have led to massive protests as well. Meanwhile, China’s Ministry of Education plans to reduce homework, mandatory exams, and the “100 point” assessment system. Teachers will be expected to use confidence-building comments, such as “excellent,” “good,” “qualified” and “will-be qualified.”


Education reform puts Spain, Catalonia on collision course

The Hurriyet Daily News (December 7, 2012)

Irene Rigau EFE

Irene Rigau EFE

Education reforms and austerity measures in Spain have caused tension and separatist sentiments in the Catalonian region. At issue is the issue of teaching the Catalan language in schools. Jose Ignacio Wert (Spain’s National Education Minister) proposed that all schools focus on teaching the Spanish language in all regions, effectively removing the requirement that students in Catalonia speak Catalan in university. He also proposed that the region should fund Spanish-language private schooling for families that demanded it. Defenders of the current system, such as Irene Rigau (Catalonia regional education counselor) view the plan as an assault on cultural identity, while Wert insisted “there is no part of the reform that undervalues the importance of Catalan.”

For more information:

La Generalitat cree que las palabras de Wert responden a una “visión preconstitucional de España”

Catalans protest ‘return to Franco’ as schools are told to teach more Spanish

Barcelona soccer club defends use, teaching of Catalan language at politically sensitive time