This policy brief summarizes the findings of Learning to Leapfrog: Innovative Pedagogies to Transform Education. This report takes an in-depth look at what types of approaches are needed to begin to implement the teaching and learning shifts recommended in the Leapfrog Pathway and to embrace the recommendation that playful learning - which means learning experiences that allow for active student engagement, experimentation and iteration, social interaction, curiosity and joy, and meaningful connection to students’ lives - can be an integral part of students’ educational experiences. The report argues that innovative pedagogies must be central to any system transformation if leapfrogging is to be achieved; the report also identifies six clusters of such pedagogies and some associated teaching practices that, alone or in combination, will underpin such transformation. The report then examines enablers of successful implementation of innovative pedagogy, and it focuses on the support and empowerment of teachers, as well as on structural changes in the design of the education workforce and of schools to include hybrid formal and nonformal models. Finally, the report concludes by reflecting on the depth of transformation that this vision implies for education systems and on how to think about fruitful near-term scaling approaches for those innovative pedagogies through harnessing the power of networks.
Brookings Institution (USA). Center for Universal Education