Emergent outcomes from a field of weeds – or how certainty can emerge from anxiety (a #rhizo15 story)

confessions of a worried teacher

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I have just watched avideo of @davecormierwhere he uses the metaphor of the ‘weed’ as an alternative to the dominant, normative models of curriculum.

In the normative idea of curriculum, curricula ideas (a mix of ontology and epistemology) are reduced to content (syllabus), and learning construed as a linear path from ignorant to knowledgeable, where the teacher is the one who knows.

This normative idea is reinforced through the technology of the Learning Objective. Having just taught a class on LOs and got the participants to re-work their courses in light of this I fell upon a different idea, that of Emergent Outcomes.  Now, I know why Biggs has developed the idea of learning objectives – its intent was to design in equity and not let teachers privilege those who already ‘get it’ and neglect those who don’t.

But it all too readily becomes a closed…

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Emergent outcomes from a field of weeds – or how certainty can emerge from anxiety (a #rhizo15 story)

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