This is the next installment of my action research project which examines how people’s lives are represented in bureaucratic paperwork and how the experiences people have can be understood… Read more
What follows is the next part of my action research project that scrutinises how useful outcomes and measurements bureaucracies are for those whom they are meant to be serving – i.e. by making services more effective. Read more
Along the way in trying to get formal support for the Ragged University, I have encountered endless bureaucracies which, if taken onboard, distance you from the work at hand. In the case of Ragged University, it is about building communities of learning networks where people share their knowledge and skills in social spaces. As far as engaging with the bureaucracies goes, I have wound up analysing the processes instead of engaging as the culture itself seems to be a key factor in why so many social and community activities are dying out in our landscape. Read more
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them” – Albert Einstein
The above quote was an ominous introduction to a paper which came to shape educational practice across the world. In 1995, Robert B Barr and John Tagg at Palomar College in San Marcos, California demanded “a new paradigm for undergraduate education”. Their famous paper “From Teaching to Learning – A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education” was published in Change magazine.