Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Aaron Davis links to this article from 2014 and I think it is well worth sharing in 2021. In it, Carl Hendrick writes about the need to be sceptical about education research as applied to the classroom. He introduces us to the idea from Keats that "what quality... Shakespeare possessed so enormously (is) Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason." And this, he writes, applies in education as well. "Instead of passively accepting the ‘stone tablets’ of research we should be engaged in a constant dialogue with research, questioning it, challenging dogmatism, teasing out relevance to our own context and our own individual problems in a sort of ‘detached attachment.’

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