Valuing Experience as well as Knowledge in Schools

  • Ron Hansen

As a long-standing instructor of technical teachers, I am struck by two anomalies in the school system. My efforts to help these teachers make a successful transition into the profession are offset or countered, it occurs to me, by these anomalies. One anomaly is the rather obvious one that technical teachers learn by doing while most other subjects in schools involve learning through rote memorization of information or knowledge. The second anomaly revolves around the schools in which technical teachers practice and the degree to which the public seems to unabashedly embrace institutionalized learning. Schools, like many institutions, are a universal feature of twentieth and twenty-first century life in Western society. Seldom, however, are their programme priorities analysed with regard to how well they serve us.


Teacher Candidate Critical Pedagogy Technology Teacher Rote Memorization Formal Education System 
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  • Ron Hansen
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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