Crisis theme 3 Facilitator: John Cook Inequalities of digital/cultural/social capitalhttp://arv13crisisforum.wordpress.com/draft- programme/crisis-theme-3/
Equality & Educational equity• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educational_equity, accessed 28/01/13• Educational equity, or equity in education, is the study and achievement of fairness in education. The study of educational equity is often linked with the study of excellence and equity. Fairness is often equated with equality, but equity deals with accommodating and meeting the specific needs of specific individuals. Such needs-based accommodation will not result in equal treatment of all students.• Dimensions of Educational Equity• Educational equity has two interrelated dimensions. One is the issue of fairness, in that achievement ought to be based upon ability and application, and not on factors such as gender, socio- economic status or ethnicity. The second that all individuals have a right to basic functioning literacy and numeracy (OECD, 2007).
5 minute overviews• The following have each agreed to give a 5 miniute overview of some issues raised in their position paper that relate to this theme (thank you).• Each overview is intended to promote debate:
5 minute overviews & debate• John Cook: Is it a democratic right to enable equity of access to cultural resources?• Debbie Holley: “16 Year Olds are being left on the scrap heap in the UK”• John Traxler: Differences in and of digital and cultural capital? Southern vs. Northern hemisphere. Communities vs. state education system’s use of TEL. Community appropriation of it to enhance or preserve their cultural capital.• Ilona Buchem: What should people learn in schools? What do we need in life? Is History, geography etc. still needed in school?• Norbert Pachler: Why are schools asking students to check in at the door powerful devices for sense making of their life-words?• Concluding remarks by John Cook
Questions• What new kinds of inequality and disadvantage are created (within societies as well as between societies) when digital practices become endemic in formal education?• What kinds of digital capital are needed to participate effectively in learning, formal or informal?• How can educators promote more equal access to opportunity in a digital learning context?• Is it a democratic right to enable equity of access to digital practices or more generally cultural resources?• Are cultural resources accessed, in terms of their educational function, by being appropriated?
Pre-workshop discussion• “Exclusive: Treat white working-class boys like ethnic minority, Willetts tells universities” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education- news/exclusive-treat-white-workingclass-boys-like-ethnic-minority- willetts-tells-universities-8436087.html• “Downward mobility haunts US education” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20154358• “Is real life a social network? How do I join?” http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1788.html• MOOCs, are they a game changer enabling equal access to opportunity in a digital learning context? As Carr mentions in this article, isolation is a problem. Also, an interesting conclusion “the Net’s disruptive forces have arrived at the gates of academia”. The Crisis in Higher Education: http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/429376/the-crisis-in- higher-education/
• 3 thoughts on “Crisis theme 3”• johntraxler January 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm Thanks John. Resonates obliquely with various of my concerns … university education as acculturation and identity transformation• johnnigelcook January 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm Will the unwashed masses be left with MOOCs and those that can afford it get the face-to-face over tea version as a finishing school?• johntraxler January 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm My personal experience of facilitating two small MOOCs was that participants had to be fairly intellectually sophisticated and digitally literate (all the more so I’d guess on a truly ‘massive’ MOOC) to avoid being overwhelmed by the richness, chaos and diversity of the interactions. As a mechanism for increased participation, access and opportunity I think MOOCs in their purist or original format are not a solution but as they get progressively more corporate ….. who knows?
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