Students as Producers of Knowledge: A Popular Education Workshop

24 janvier 2007 par Charles-Antoine Bachand Laisser une réponse »

The idea that undergraduates are becoming less like ‘students’ and more like ‘consumers’ is becoming increasingly pervasive, particularly since students have been required to pay universities directly for their tuition.

Central to this consumer discourse are the changing demands students may make in relation to teaching provision, such as an expectation of more contact time, assessment focused teaching and the delivery of teaching ‘products’ such as handouts, lecture notes and web-based resources, while actually getting less for more.

Whilst some welcome the increased voice that ‘consumer power’ might give to students, a number of commentators point to the many ways in which such an approach to education can have negative effects on students’ experience of education as well as on the value or meaning of education itself. An alternative model of the student as ‘producer’ might offer some different ways in which to think about undergraduate education.

Students as Producers of Knowledge: A Popular Education Workshop

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