The Purpose of Education
11 articles
Slow Interdisciplinarity
The Purpose of Education
Interdisciplinarity comes from learners — their fields, their experiences, their ways of knowing. It is a dynamic process, and it is slower than we think.
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Pursuing Happiness Through Education
Higher Ed
If life inherently involves the pursuit of happiness, education should prepare students to face that overall challenge, not just the needs of a future job.
“To Be Honest I’m Not Sure If We Have a Textbook”: Undergraduate Access to Course Reading
The Purpose of Education
Faculty and staff don’t often know how hard it is for students to get their course materials. Students choose whether and how to acquire textbooks.
The Ultimate Life Experience: Preparing Students for the World Beyond the Classroom
Higher Ed
There needs to be a general reshaping of how college is viewed and how colleges act. There is an epidemic going on right now. Students invest a massive amount of funds and massive
The Safety Paradox
Learners
Two news stories at the beginning of the 2016 fall semester reignited an ongoing debate about the importance of safety in higher education. The first was a letter sent to incoming students at
Meeting the Dimensions of Education
Literacies
When we talk about education, one fundamental thing from which we should start are the aspects in which education takes place. What does a person need in his life? What makes him educated,
Community-Focused Versus Market-Driven Education
Higher Ed
Public education is now transitioning from a system of educating citizens to a market for profit.  “Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are salivating over the exploding $788.7 billion market in K-12 education,
(dis)Owning Tech: Ensuring Value and Agency at the Moment of Interface
Academic Labor
Education is big business. In the U.S., over 5% of gross domestic product is earmarked for education. Student debt in the U.S. is estimated to be over $1.2 trillion. The
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Learning Through Conversation
The Purpose of Education
“My teaching portfolio speaks of challenges and failures alongside successes, all woven into a narrative organically establishing who I am and why I do what I do.” — Martin Kutnowski There’s a fair
(Higher) Education as Bulwark of Uselessness
Academic Labor
Almost two years ago, halfway through the twisting path that was my doctoral course, I found myself in Finland, at the “Critical Evaluation of Game Studies Seminar”, where, above all the “big names”
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Using a Compass without a Map: The Journey of a Mother-Educator
Learners
Orienting Inquiry and Process We shape our lives at the intersection and interstices of choice and chance. Subject to the vicissitudes of chance, we must ask ourselves what choices we can make that
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