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A Dialogue among K-12 and Post-secondary Pedagogies and Pedagogues
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For too long, the conversation about "higher" education has dominated the discussion of education more broadly. Conversations about how we can prepare our children for college, and why so many students enrolling in colleges and universities are unprepared for the work they will encounter are, of course, important. We have not been thinking enough -- or perhaps at all -- about what we’re doing wrong at the post-secondary level and how the demand to "prepare" learners for “higher” ed might be hindering the ability of our K-12 colleagues to do their jobs as educators. Increasingly, we at Hybrid Pedagogy have begun to wonder how much of what seems new and different about post-secondary pedagogies focused on building, learning by doing, service learning, etc., might actually be old hat to those who spend their days teaching in, studying carefully, or preparing others for elementary and high school classrooms.
We have also started to question the rhetoric of rupture that so often seems to mark the transition from secondary to post-secondary education for young adult learners. A number of Hybrid Pedagogy contributors have addressed the significance of "play" as an element in college and university settings. Anyone who has ever picked up a child from daycare, volunteered in a kindergarten classroom, or remembers vividly the lessons of the elementary school playground or high-school orchestra understands intuitively how important "play" and "playing" are in our early education.
These questions, and perhaps others sparked by them, are what we hope to explore in our first "special collection" of Hybrid Pedagogy contributions. Like the articles in a special issue of a more traditional academic journal, each piece in the special collection will engage with the collection theme. Here's how you can participate:
We will accept submissions throughout June, July, and August and will consider extending the special collection run if we receive a large number of publishable submissions. If you have questions about the process, feel free to contact @rswharton on Twitter or submit them to the Hybrid Pedagogy Gmail account, referenced here, with the subject "K-12 Special Collection."