What Kind of Curriculum, Pedagogy & Qualifications Do We Need for an Uncertain Future?

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Title What Kind of Curriculum, Pedagogy & Qualifications Do We Need for an Uncertain Future?
Author Wheelahan, Leesa Mary
Publication Title What a Difference a Pedagogy Makes: Researching Lifelong Learning and Teaching
Editor Joanne Caldwell ...et al.
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Scotland
Publisher Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning
Abstract In a recent paper, Ronald Barnett (2004) called for an 'ontological turn' in curriculum and pedagogy away from a focus on knowledge and skills to a 'pedagogy for human being', which seeks to develop the human qualities and dispositions needed to thrive in an uncertain future. He counter-poses his approach with the 'generic skills' approach, arguing that the latter is a cul-de-sac, because it is premised on certain and knowable skills to navigate an uncertain world. While agreeing with him that generic skills are a dead-end, this paper argues that a 'pedagogy for human being' must be contextualised by a vocation, which means that knowledge and skills are important because they help to develop the human qualities and dispositions sought by Barnett. Unless the notion of vocation is used to ground Barnett's 'ontological turn' in the curriculum, the danger is that the attributes and dispositions he seeks will result in disconnected and fragmented identities, which find expression in market oriented capacities and patterns of consumption (Bernstein, 2000), rather than an intrinsic sense of inner calling, or (as sought by Barnett) an authentic self. I use critical realism to critique Barnett's analysis, draw on Bernstein (2000) to argue against decontextualised notions of 'trainability', offer Dewey's (1966 (1916)) notion of a vocation as an alternative, and Young (2003) to argue for an alternative model of qualifications and curriculum.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://crll.gcal.ac.uk/
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ISBN 1-903661-72-2
Conference name What a Difference a Pedagogy Makes: Researching Lifelong Learning and TeachingWhat a Difference a Pe
Location University of Stirling
Date From 2005-06-24
Date To 2005-06-26
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2514
Date Accessioned 2006-02-06
Date Available 2008-08-06T01:40:48Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Sociology of Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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