Being Serious

The last blog was a venture out on a limb to reclaim some of the ground for ‘dilettantism’ in work and in study. The intuition comes from looking at trends in the careers for modern Western professionals (especially those associated with tech – and who is NOT associated with tech in at...

Learn, Play, Work, Play

This blog should be read with its companion: Being Serious One of the fun things about being part of the ‘knowledge revolution’  is that we get to reclaim words; we get to look afresh at stuff which went out of fashion or, perhaps more than ever in history, we get to make up neologisms and attach them...

Specialism, Generalism, Details and the Big Picture

Interdisciplinarity is in vogue in education. It’s been in vogue in the US for a while and throughout most of the last 100 years some major institutions in the States have offered interdisciplinary modules or fully interdisciplinary degrees. The discussion is now in full flow in the UK, after some...

Can we talk about leadership?

Can we talk about leadership? Specifically, can we talk about the relationship between leadership and undergraduate degrees? I have a good deal of anecdotal evidence that the sort of student most likely to be a leader at school is the all-rounder, the student who is strong academically across a range of...

‘Difficult Thinking’ and Interdisciplinarity

At the SRHE conference on Structuring Knowledge last week, Gareth Williams said that we need people in our universities to do the ‘difficult thinking’. I agree. Elsewhere on this blog I have argued against education being too easy, or even too much fun – at least in a superficial sense. Great rewards...

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