A matter of opinions

“Opinions matter to advocates of student-centred learning. Allowing students to air their opinions underpins the whole approach, offering a measure of their level of sophistication and a means to draw them into a dialogue with their tutor. Teachers’ opinions are important, too – not as keepers of knowledge but as ‘co-learners’, and because student-centred learning is ‘not a technique but an attitude’, say its supporters. It is perhaps appropriate, then, that opinion is split among academics and teaching experts over whether this popular concept in higher education is a managerialist fad that short-changes students or the zenith of centuries of teaching and learning practice …” (more)

[John Gill, THE, 11 December]

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