CHANGE AGENT, MORAL PURPOSE
A ‘GOOD’ teacher is a change agent with a moral purpose.
Although morals can be collective such as community or societal based, morals begin from the individual’s value system. It is these individual values or morals develop into ethics which are standards governing behaviour of the group. Hence a teacher’s moral purpose is imperative, as it will influence students’ perspectives. You may remember that one “special” teacher who impacted your life; they changed your life.
As change agents, teachers impact the lives of people who live in our community. Fullan (2007) describes a change agent as one who posses the four essential qualities of personal vision, inquiry, personal mastery and collaboration. These qualities work together to ensure the change agent lives life in a way that embraces continual learning. Change Agents plan, question, practice and talk about making the world better. They attempt to improve what they do and how they do it through transformation and development. Change and innovation is multidimensional (Fullan M. , Moral Purpose and Change Agentry, 1993) so therefore change agents are those who grasp change from a multidimensional perspective and can share their curiosity.
Change does not happen in isolation. It is dependent factors like the individual or group, skills and the culture in which they exist (Couros, 2013). A change agent poses a moral purpose. Fullan talks about the “moral ecology of the organisation” (p9, 1993) that includes a commitment to inquiry, knowledge, competence, caring and social justice that extends from the classroom and the curriculum. Hence a change agent needs the support of a change community to affect effective change in the student. A teacher must have a moral purpose in order to direct their vision, inquiry, mastery and collaboration and be a change agent.
The benefit of employing multidimensional change agents in a supportive change community is that the individual learner is enriched. Skilled change agents create more leaders, not followers; community members, who inquire, learn, share knowledge and skills, and develop their own vision and direction for the future. (Couros, 2013)
IF you are interested in more I would recommend these:Bass, C. (2012, feb 25). You tube. Retrieved Nov 15, 2015, from TEDxBerkely: The new rules of innovation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKV3rhzvaC8
Couros, G. (2013, January 23). The Principal of Change. Retrieved November 8, 2015, from Five Chararcteristics of a Change Agent: http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3615
Einstein, A. (n.d.). Good Reads. Retrieved November 22, 2015, from Quotes: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1799-the-world-as-we-have-created-it-is-a-process
Fullan, M. (1993). Moral Purpose and Change Agentry. In M. Fullan, & M. Fullan (Ed.), Change Forces; probing the depths of educational reform (pp. 8-18). London, England: Falmer Press.
Fullan, M. (2007). The new meaning of educational change. In m. Fullan, The new meaning of educational change, 4th edn (pp. 30-46). Teachers College Press.
Fullan, M. (2015, March 25). Topic Series 11 - Push & Pull: The Role of Technology . Retrieved November 7, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEO9lmmamy8
Hargreaves, P. A. (2013, March 27). Improvement, Innovation and Inclusion; the future of educational change in Ontario and elsewhere . Retrieved Nov 7, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JlOXeCANRc
Kawasaki, G. (2014, feb 22). The Art of Innovation. Retrieved Nov 7, 2015, from TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtjatz9r-Vc
Knight, B. (2012, Feb 20). Evolution of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia: an unfinished history. (National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) ) Retrieved November 8, 2015, from NCVER: http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2444.html
Laufeberg, D. (2010, November). How to Learn? From Mistakes. Retrieved November 8, 2015, from http://www.ted.com/talks/diana_laufenberg_3_ways_to_teach
Laufenberg, D. (2010, Nov). How to learn?From mistakes. Retrieved Nov 7, 2015, from http://www.ted.com/talks/diana_laufenberg_3_ways_to_teach
Obama, B. (n.d.). good reads. Retrieved November 22, 2015, from goodreads: ttps://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6356.Barack_Obama
OECD. (2014). OECD Australia. (OECD, Producer) Retrieved November 7, 2015, from Measuring Innnovation in Education Australia: www.oecd.org/australia/Measuring-Innovation-in-Education-Australia.pdf
Robinson, L. (2009). Enabling Change. Retrieved November 13, 2015, from A summary of Diffusion of Innovations: http://www.enablingchange.com.au/Summary_Diffusion_Theory.pdf
Sahlberg, P. (2014, April 29). Pasi Sahlberg - Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from change in Finland. Retrieved Nov 15, 2015, from You Tube TED TALK : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__fPKinzHCg