Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
This is an interesting idea. As Doug Belshaw comments, "The problem is that the bureaucrats who run education in many western education systems - the majority of whom have never taught - have an outdated conception of knowledge." He points to Louise Starkey, who observes that this conception "...was based on an underlying assumption that the mind behaves like a filing cabinet. This assumption is being challenged as the implications of learning in the digital age [are] explored further." She cites this paper, a 1998 proposal by Bereiter and Scardamalia that there are seven levels of increasingly sophisticated understandings of knowledge. I question the top level ("knowledge as semi-autonomous artifacts") and even the idea of a directionality in such a list. At the same time, I would be hesitant to dismiss it out of hand, as it certainly helps explain a lot.

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