This memo describes the research conducted on current public understanding of education and lays out a new storyline that can better motivate members of the public to become involved in education reform, supporting student-centered approaches to learning. It outlines the default cultural models the public holds regarding key aspects of education such as the education system, skill acquisition and learning, assessment, learning space and time, and disparities in education. Next it highlights the gaps in understanding between these ways of thinking and current research and advice form education experts. Then it outlines a new storyline that pulls the public in to be part of the solution. Lastly, it describes several traps that should be avoided when talking with the public about education reform.
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Source Organization: Frameworks Institute