Timeless goals and timely means

Ljubojevic, Dejan and Wood, Ruth [Author-contributor] (2020) Timeless goals and timely means. In: ECER 2020 : Educational Research (Re)connecting Communities; 23 - 28 Aug 2020, Glasgow, U.K. (Held online).


The transformative potential behind educational technology remains largely untapped in the contemporary HE practice. One of the key obstacles to realising more of the technological potential is the absence of the guiding framework for what it is the technology is to render ‘better’ in education. For if we look to technology to merely improve upon existing paradigm of social reproduction rather than to challenge it, we are not utilising its transformative potential but its reinforcing potential. Technology can be used for both equally effectively. The Critical Pedagogy (CP) theoretical tradition, originated in the work of Paulo Freire in the 1960s, is rooted in ‘understanding the pedagogical foundation of higher education as a deeply civic, political, and moral practice – that is, pedagogy as a practice for freedom’ (Giroux, 2010 p 715). Three goals/purposes behind education is CP terms are: know yourself, know the world, and, know how to change the world.

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