Florian Cramer on Tue, 18 Dec 2007 15:32:27 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Perhaps a way of teaching media

On Monday, December 17 2007, 12:19 (-0800), Julian Bleecker wrote:
> > Everything is basically a self taught situation. A teacher can guide
> > students, but not learn for them.
> Huh. This seems rather an ideal perspective. I suspect (my bias..) many to
> most students expect their teachers to school them in what they need to
> know in a rather instrumental way.  ("Teach me some tools!") 

Let me chime in and say that these tools can also be intellectual tools.

My issue with completely informal teaching methods and course
structures is that they tend to create implicit knowledge, unwritten
rules and hidden power structures. [This rule of thumb doesn't just
apply to "alternative" vs. "institutional" education, but also to the
Anglo-American B.A./M.A. study system versus the Humboldt model that
from the 19th century until recently defined German, Austrian, Dutch
and Scandinavian university education.]



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