Evidence-informed Vs Evidence of what(Biesta)

Recently I have got the opportunity to watch an interview of Guy Claxton in which he was asserting the need to ask deep questions about evidence. The first question according to him should be "evidence of what?". This made me curious to read an article that I have scanned through few years ago by Gert … Continue reading Evidence-informed Vs Evidence of what(Biesta)

From Representation to Emergence by Osberg, Biesta and Cilliers

A complexity critic of cognitive reductionism. In the paper "From representation to emergence: complexity’s challenge to the epistemology of schooling" Deborah Osberg, Gert Biesta and Paul Cilliers challenges the ‘spatial epistemology’ of representation by using ideas from complexity. Key takes In this paper they explore possibilities for an alternative ‘temporal’ understanding of knowledge in its … Continue reading From Representation to Emergence by Osberg, Biesta and Cilliers

Professor Yong Zhao: Comparing the US and Chinese education system(video playlist)

Professor Yong Zhao who authored the book "What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education", makes compelling arguments against comparing the US and Chinese education. He suggests that, while the Chinese system stressed more on homogeneity and standardization, the US system was always providing heterogeneous outcomes, which is really an asset. https://twitter.com/johnywrites/status/1447842870233157632?s=20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvqCfgHVLGs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVYCvCXw2ms

Questioning the Un-questionable: “Evidence-Based”

The arguments followed by "evidence-based" + x, y, z, learning, education, policy, etc. carries a lot of credibility and authority. Ideas promoted using "evidence" tag often evades scrutiny and criticism. After I got exposed to ideas like Goodhart's law, Campbell's law, Metric fixation, e.g. I started to see the irony of "evidence based arguments". This … Continue reading Questioning the Un-questionable: “Evidence-Based”

Education: Skill VS Signal Or Access to Institutions

"Education as Skill " VS "Education as Signaling" perspective dominate some part of the debate about education and its fundamental purpose. I think there could be be a third way, which is "Education as a key Card" which provides access to institutions, These institutions in-turn provides embedded skill development infrastructure viz contextual tools, practice opportunities, … Continue reading Education: Skill VS Signal Or Access to Institutions

More bad news for growth mindset

I like the idea of Growth Mindset and I know intuitively that, some version of it work perfectly( at-least sometimes) in my life( anecdotally). Another interesting thing about GM is its freshness of positivity which goes directly against Cultural and Genetic determinism. Unfortunately two near-replication studies find zero or small negative influence of growth mindset … Continue reading More bad news for growth mindset