Generation next

Learning with 'e's

It's safe to claim that much of higher education is firmly rooted in the past , reflecting colonial history, traditional values and 20th (or even 19th) Century pedagogies. This might be seen as a generalisation, because there are some pockets of innovative pedagogy to be found in every large education institution. Yet innovative pedagogy in higher education is not prevalent, and academics are generally reluctant to change their methods.

Shifting sands

Learning with 'e's

Such approaches to pedagogy were rooted in the behaviourist model of psychology that privileged expert knowledge and formalised its transmission to novices. Education premised on this philosophy has been commonly referred to as the ''factory model'' because of its parallels to industrialised working, which included batchprocessing, rationalisation of resources, synchronised behaviour and homogenisation of product.