Choosing Knowledge

Summer Turner

Like many fellow Twitter users, I’ve become fairly bored with the knowledge vs. skills debate; not because I think it’s a false dichotomy or not worthy of discussion but because I want to move the debate forward. There are now a number of people, schools and institutions for whom the knowledge vs. skills debate has been answered and the answer is: knowledge for the win. So what next?

I’m of the opinion that, even amongst the knowledge community, there is no shared clear definition of ‘knowledge’ and teaching a ‘knowledge-led/knowledge-rich curriculum’. Perhaps we can determine that there doesn’t need to be one way to view this but we should be having the debates and discussions which unpick what is being meant when we talk about knowledge. This is as important for those wanting to continue the knowledge vs skills debate as it is for those who wish to embrace a…

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