Heutagogy – the favourite

This From Andragogy to Heutagogy by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon emphasises on a learner-centred approach to learning.
I think Connectivism comes close to heutagogy.
The on-the-job training – a shift in training paradigm from trainer centred to learner centred learning has adopted such heutagogy in the last decade. See my post on Distribution Centre Training and What’s new in connectivism? https://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com for details.
Recent emergent technology accelerates the application of this heutagogy approach.
To what extent will teacher accept and adopt this approach? Any survey done?
Back to our teacher training decades ago, have we all been educated on the importance of pedagogies? We were supposed to have lesson plans in order to pass the course, and to be employed as a professional teacher. Even educational institutions and professional bodies still emphasise the importance of pedagogies or androgogy in teaching and learning. Is it still important?
Is it a pendulum change?
Is it a challenge to you, as an educator or learner?
Any comments?

You will also find this post in Connectivismeductionlearning.

8 thoughts on “Heutagogy – the favourite

  1. It is interesting that you should raise this point. I know that in my local university, the only criterion to become a teacher is that you have the requisite degree in the discipline that you are teaching (of course apart from the experience and related stuff). There is no necessity to have undergone any formal course on how to teach!

  2. In Universtiy teaching, so far if one has got a PhD, that may be good enough for teaching. But in TAFE (Technical And Further Education), a Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training (for degree graduates) or a Bachelor Degree in VET or Adult Education is the minimum here in Australia. In Hong Kong, I had to acquire a Technical Teachers’ Certificate on top of my degree in the specialised discipline (Production and Industrial Engineering) to be qualified as a Certified Teacher. I am not sure if there are any global trends in imposing Teachers’ qualification on any educators on top of the requisite degree. But I think there would a global trend to introduce an optional /compulsory component of training in ICT or Communicating using on-line technology as part of the teacher preparation diploma course. Lesson plan may still be required, but the format would look totally different. Not too many people like lesson plan, as in the old days, you are expected to prepare lesson plan for every lesson, and there will be supervising “mentors” having surprise check if you have prepared one. I have developed into the habit of preparing one for EVERY LESSON. Doesn’t it sound a lot of work? Yes… So the teachers nowadays are having lighter loads, as those on-line facilitated sessions are mainly short presentations followed by discussions.
    I think University professors may be exempted from these teacher qualifications, and there is no mandate on lesson plan.
    Thanks for your response to my post.

  3. Hi folks. I’m please that Suifajohnmak raised thosequestions.:) You know, i really feel that we have to develop a course where the student designs its path through learning how to learn.
    I wonder if we could develop such a course with different options: movies, readings, games and just wait until the student “client” wants to deliver his responses of what has learned throu the term of the online course….
    I work in Caracas in University College and i see a lot of student that don’t finish well the process of their learning… I’m interested in learning more of heutology and how to deliver the instructional design and evaluate the outcomes… Could you help me ? I’m studying a Master in Tecn, Education and i want to study in poor people in my culture would learn how to learn with an online course with the heutagogy approach…. :)))) Thanks..
    Hugs, Paty

  4. Thanks Patricia for your comments.
    I appreciate your enthusiasm in helping the poor in learning how to learn in your community.
    You are interested in learning more about heutagogy and how to deliver the instructional design and evaluate the outcomes. This could be a course in itself. How could I help?
    Would you be interested in considering the ConnectivismEducationLearning Community
    http://connectivismeducationlearning.ning.com?
    John

  5. Thanks John…
    Do you know of a course where the students define their route of knowledge with not an instructional predesigned ??? Where the learner is the center …

    Saludossss
    Paty🙂

  6. Hi Patricia,
    Not to my knowledge, when it comes to formal education course. I have been structuring my courses like that, the ideal course where the learner is the center of learning. It may be easier to integrate formal education with informal learning in such a course at a start, then move on to allow the learners to take full control in a progressive manner. The learners need to acquire the meta-cognitive skills (thinking about thinking) and critical thinking progressively. In case of novice learners, initial teacher’s facilitation or intervention is important to ensure adequate mastery of those skills by the learners. This is important especially when the learner is new to those technologies (Web 2.0). Hope this could be of help to you.

    Thanks again for your enquiry and comments.
    John

  7. Hi,
    It is interesting to see how the ideas and practices of Heutagogy raise many questions. Yes, there are many teachers/lecturers who do not wish to change from their traditional way of teaching: they know their subject and they like to show how much they know. However, there are also many people who like the idea of continuing to learn themselves, while also helping students to learn. Stewart Hase and I have written a chapter on Heutagogy for the book “The Challenges of Postgraduate Education” (to be published by Continuum) – that may be of interest. As with most changes, there is always some resistance and doubt. Our experience, and the experience of others, is that students get great benefits from the Heutagogical approach: and, ‘teachers’ also benefit because there is always satisfaction in extending one’s knowledge.
    Best Wishes,
    Chris

  8. Thanks Chris for your valuable comments. I agree with your views that many teachers or lecturers still do not wish to change from their traditional way of teaching to a heutagogical approach. That’s quite a challenge!
    I look forward to learn from your chapter on Heutagogy.
    Best wishes,
    John

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