McMaster University established an undergraduate programme in Health Sciences (BHSc Hons) in 2000 with the explicit goal of fostering student-centered learning. Sadly, the architect of that program, Dr. Del Harnish died in November 2018. To honour his memory, a collection of Commentaries dealing with the theme of student-centred learning, a topic that was central to his vision is being put together. You are invited to contribute to that volume.
We recognize that all of you are very busy, so we are requesting only brief comments (500-1000 words). We have proposed three prompting questions to trigger your thinking on this issue:
(a) Can one truly promote student-centered learning in a standards-based world?
(b) Will respecting an individual student’s autonomy as a learner still do justice to all other students, particularly in a world of limiting resources?
(c) In 1969, Postman & Weingartner published Teaching as a Subversive Activity with the goal of envisioning “an education that develops in youth a competence in applying the best available strategies for survival in a world filled with unprecedented troubles, uncertainties, and opportunities.” In 2019, 50 years later, what does “teaching as a subversive activity” look like?
We invite you to provide some comments on one of these questions, or refashion the sentiments expressed in any way you choose.
The collection will be compiled by the end of 2019, with a launch event to be held in February 2020.
Please let us know no later than September 1, 2019
, if you intend to write a piece for the collection, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
; we would require your final submission by November 30, 2019