#Change11 Why Education is Difficult and Contentious?

In this Why Education is Difficult and Contentious by Dr. Kieran Egan:

Education is conceived as comprising of three general purposes:

– Socialization

– Academic

– Developmental

“It is generally assumed that these ideas are essential components of any reasonable educational program, and assume too that these ideas are essential components of any reasonable educational program, and assume too that the trick for educational institutions is to keep these somewhat competing aims for the process in balance.”

The  bad news, as explained by Kieran were – All mutually incompatible!

Kieran argued the incompatibilities include:

{Socialization – initiate into norms, conventions, beliefs

{Plato-skepticism of norms conventions, beliefs

{Socialization -initiate into society as fully as possible

{Rousseau-hold society at bay – “mass of folly and contradiction”

{Plato – dynamic = knowledge. Time-related, epistemological

{Rousseau – dynamic = internal development. Age-related, psychological.

If we were to relate the purpose of education to that of Collective Learning, then it seems that Collective Learning requires:

(a) socialization – the community of practice, and the development of social norms, with certain pattern of behavior in order to contribute to the social capital.  This requires shaping and homogenising, in order to serve and contribute to the networks, communities, institution or organisation.

(b) academic – this relates to the shaping of the mind, development of critical thinking skills and high order learning skills, and the practice of digital scholarship

(c) developmental – this relates to the internal development of learners, based on PLE/PLN model, with the goal of building connective knowledge and networks.

If we are to relate education based on a MOOC model, what purposes are “we” trying to achieve through the course (as collective learning)?  Could we achieve all three purposes in MOOCs, such as CCK, PLENK, or Change11?  May be, or may be not?  I would leave it to you to judge.

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