publication . Article . Other literature type . 2006

Pedagogies for diversity: retaining critical challenge amidst fears of ‘dumbing down’

Tamsin Haggis;
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  • Published: 01 Oct 2006 Journal: Studies in Higher Education, volume 31, pages 521-535 (issn: 0307-5079, eissn: 1470-174X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Growing concerns about retention and attrition rates in a mass and increasingly marketised higher education system have encouraged the idea that ‘meeting learner needs’ should be a key focus for institutional attention. It is suggested that this approach is unrealistic, however, because of the extent of the diversity which it attempts to respond to. An alternative response is to move away from the individualised focus on needs, deficits and ‘support’, towards a consideration of ‘activities, patterns of interaction and communication failures’, in relation to higher education pedagogical cultures. This move reconceptualises the idea of ‘barriers to learning’, atte...
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free text keywords: Education, Dumbing down, Teaching method, Adult education, Sociology, Pedagogy, Higher education, business.industry, business, Critical pedagogy, Attrition, medicine.disease, medicine
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