“The revolution demanded by economics students around the world has focused almost exclusively on the curriculum, specifically on the need to draw on a much wider range of traditions and schools of economic thought. However, the idea that replacing one set of textbooks with another is on its own going to heal the wounds of separation and alienation felt by most economics students is surely flawed.
“A widening of the curriculum needs to be complemented by a revolution in pedagogy. What is required is nothing less than a reanimation of the classroom into a space in which the learning community of teachers and learners can creatively and collaboratively engage as participants within the systems we are exploring. We need to transcend our current paradigm in which cognitive, intellectual ways of knowing are privileged at the expense of all others and in which didactic methods continue to dominate. At this extraordinary moment of our history, we need a more holistic approach that engages all our faculties.”
Read the full story by Jonathan Dawson, Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Economics For Transition, Schumacher College….