Houston, I think We have a (Disengagement) Problem

Kelly Christopherson, Jul 15, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

You need engagement in education only when you're trying to get people to do things they don't want to do. Our insistence on this has bred the creativity out of them. Kelly Christopherson writes, "most people end up not using most of their capabilities, stuck in a situation where their talent is not being used to its full capacity, they are unhappy with what they are doing but fear making a change to do something else." Perhaps instead of engaging students, he suggests, we should be empowering them. Good post, with loads of references to articles on engagement.

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