THE METAMODERN PATH OF HOLISTIC TEACHING AND EDUCATIVE LEADERSHIP
Pedagogy, Curriculum Theory, Adult Psychology & Educational Leadership
Postmodern, Modern, Traditional and Indigenous approaches to Personal and Cultural Development
Integrative Educational Theory & Practice Beyond Culture Wars
Dr Tim Saunders PhD, MA, BA, PGCE, PGCert, CELTA
Dr Tim has a BA Hons in Theology and Religious Studies (Manchester University), MA in Teaching & Curriculum Management (The Open University), PhD in Educational Leadership, PGCE in Primary Teaching (Manchester University), PG Certificate in Online & Distance Learning Technology (The Open University), and CELTA in Teaching English to Adult Speakers of Other Languages (LILA Liverpool).
He has a wealth of experience that includes Primary School teaching (7 years), University lecturing (2 years), Thinking Skills training (10 years), Headteacher & Principal (14 years), Organisational Development Consultant (6 years), and a Research Fellow (3 years).
About the Centre
The Centre for Metamodern Education is a global think tank based in Liverpool England, committed to independent research and consultancy as well as collaborative projects with partners in schools and higher education. It exists to advance education for the public benefit by supporting the development of teachers and school leaders and the production of academic knowledge and discourse about metamodernism and education, bringing funding or other income to further the purposes of the centre and impacting the communities with whom the Centre works.
Integrative Research Specialism
The Centre specialises in transdisciplinary research to create a coherent practical model that synthesises educational sub-disciplines and practices that are normally studied separately: Pedagogy, Curriculum Theory, Adult Psychology and Educational Leadership.
Likewise, the Centre promotes a Metamodern approach to overcoming culture wars and paradigm conflicts by transcending and including Postmodern, Modern, Traditional and Indigenous forms of education and the worldviews informing them.
The model in development is called The Saunders Synthesis ©
Key Dialogue Partners
Pedagogy: Guy Claxton. Matthew Lipman. Edward de Bono. Robert E. Quinn. Judyth Sachs. Jonna Haynes. Andrew Wright. Timothy Reagan.
Adult Psychology: John Heron. Hanzi Freinacht. Robert Kegan. Michael Commons.
Educational Leadership: Tony Bush, Carolyn Shields. Christopher Hodgkinson. Helen Gunter. Andy Hargreaves. Patrick Duignan. Harry Tomlinson.
Curriculum Theory: Kieran Egan. Rebekka Horlacher. Bernie Neville. Cliffford Mayes. Howard Gardner.
Worldview Development: Steve McIntosh. Jean Gebser. Clare Graves. Don Becks & Christopher Cowan. Lene Rachel Andersen & Tomas Björkman
Philosophy of Education: Nigel Tubbs. Paddy Walsh. Padraig Hogan. Paul Standish.
Via Educativa Manifesto
bring together teachers and academics to offer high quality scholarship, training, leadership and practice concerning metamodern education
follow the metamodern path of holistic teaching. How to integrate postmodern, modern, traditional and indigenous pedagogies for personal development
follow the metamodern path of educative leadership. How to integrate pedagogy, teacher activism and the praxis of administrative philosophy for cultural development
give priority to the personal development of teachers as the key to cultural development and the wellbeing of teachers as the key to the wellbeing of society
the constructive resolution of dysfunctional culture wars in education and society by means of an integrative meta-theory of education (The Saunders Synthesis)
celebrate metamodern practice already existing in real-world curricula and teaching methods- in-use around the world
act as a co-development hub for the next generation of teachers and school leaders
develop a global Quality Mark for schools adopting Via Educativa in their ethos and practice
the curation and creation of practical educational resources for teacher activists seeking to live out the Via Educativa using the Saunders Synthesis
Primers in Metamodern Education
Other Titles Planned
2021 In Association with Cambridge Muslim College
The Saunders Synthesis ©
I have worked with Tim on many occasions in the areas of organisational development through Appreciative Inquiry, and the training of coaching skills. I am consistently impressed with his knowledge of theory, his quick wit and his ability to engage with all kinds of groups.
Mr Saunders was one of the very few excellent teachers I have been taught by. Even thought It was over 25 years ago, such a positive experience stays with you forever. He was always able to think out of the box and deliver such interesting ways of teaching the simplest of things. Teaching a class to play chess, combining art into story writing and developing our “joined up writing” skills were all part of class 6 daily life, but having someone who instilled confidence and belief in each and everyone of us, no matter what our background or ability was a quality Tim brought to the classroom every day.
Tim is able to apply his wide range of skills to a wide variety of organisational development needs and professional fields beyond education. I have worked with him on many occasions and never fail to be impressed by his unique insights and creative approach. He is an accomplished events organiser and group facilitator encouraging user engagement in evaluating & improving services through appreciative inquiry. He speaks from the heart, is an idealist in the best possible sense with huge understanding and knowledge and would be an asset to any organisation concerned with people development.
Dr Tim has Excellent Temperament, is a Brilliant Creative Thinker, a Great Team Player, Always willing to give others credit and motivate them. He has an “expert knowledge” leadership style. He can command respect because of his ability to effortlessly convey his expertise to those working with him. He is methodical and creative. This ensures that he continually inspires those around him to excel at their jobs. Dr Tim has excellent interpersonal skills. He was equally at ease conversing with pupils, staff, parents or governors. A good listener who would accommodate different styles for people to achieve a common goal. My fellow governors and I would employ him again, without reservation. He is well suited for any roles that involve development, expansion, or diversification at a senior strategic level.
Dr Saunders led on whole-school Teaching and Learning 3-16 with great skill and care, demonstrating excellent knowledge within a newly structured leadership team, and introducing a high impact Teaching and Learning strategy using split-screen teaching to improve learning dispositions and thinking skills across the age range. This project demonstrated his organizational skills and very good management of whole-school planning. I was impressed with the way a primary expert quickly gained the confidence of secondary teachers who enthusiastically put his recommendations into practice.
Dr Timothy Saunders successfully combines academic rigour with leadership skills in ways that are rare. He integrates effectively his very substantial and diverse experience of educational management with an exceptional capacity to draw upon and apply a wide range of thinking – across many different disciplines – in ways are that fresh, creative and fertile. He demonstrates flair, imagination and lateral thinking, or thinking ‘outside the box.’ Tim is well-equipped to make a very valuable contribution to teaching, consultancy and research work.