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Experience and experiences

Posted on: September 30, 2018

A little over a week ago, someone asked me how university teaching could be improved. As our contact time was limited, I explained how I would leverage on experiences.

If you analyse the principles of pedagogy (the science and art of teaching kids) [1] [2] and andragogy (the same, but for adults), one element will stand out: Experience.

All learners have experiences, but older learners have more experiences. A teacher of younger learners might teach better by creating contextual experiences for meaningful learning. A teacher of older learners might leverage on life and work experiences for context.

Why do this? While most teachers do not need to be convinced that content matters, some still do not realise the importance of context. Context is where content is drawn from and applied to. Remove context and you will be teaching in a vacuum.

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