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Pedagogy as a discipline: emergence, sustainability and professionalisation

Pedagogy as a discipline: emergence, sustainability and professionalisation
Pedagogy as a discipline: emergence, sustainability and professionalisation
In recent years, the emergence of pedagogy in higher education as an increasingly professionalised endeavour has been observed by a number of writers. In this article, I argue that pedagogy is developing the characteristics of a discipline, with its own methodologies, sense of community, and power dynamics. Whilst in principle, I welcome the formation of a discipline of higher education pedagogy, I warn against the danger that pedagogy will become increasingly divorced from the classroom context. I also call for those working in this discipline to develop and promote critical pedagogies that seek to challenge existing ‘safe systems’ (Guilherme & Phipps (2004) Critical pedagogy: political approaches to language and intercultural communication (Clevedon, Multilingual Matters) in order to guard against pedagogy merely being a service unit, serving the whims of government, funding councils and institutions.
Pedagogy discipline professionalisation
1356-2517
393-403
Canning, John
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Canning, John
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Canning, John (2007) Pedagogy as a discipline: emergence, sustainability and professionalisation. Teaching in Higher Education, 12 (3), 393-403. (doi:10.1080/13562510701278757).

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In recent years, the emergence of pedagogy in higher education as an increasingly professionalised endeavour has been observed by a number of writers. In this article, I argue that pedagogy is developing the characteristics of a discipline, with its own methodologies, sense of community, and power dynamics. Whilst in principle, I welcome the formation of a discipline of higher education pedagogy, I warn against the danger that pedagogy will become increasingly divorced from the classroom context. I also call for those working in this discipline to develop and promote critical pedagogies that seek to challenge existing ‘safe systems’ (Guilherme & Phipps (2004) Critical pedagogy: political approaches to language and intercultural communication (Clevedon, Multilingual Matters) in order to guard against pedagogy merely being a service unit, serving the whims of government, funding councils and institutions.

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Published date: 2007
Keywords: Pedagogy discipline professionalisation

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Local EPrints ID: 44766
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/44766
ISSN: 1356-2517
PURE UUID: 7ed05a2a-fe06-439c-a9e8-51ec7ec51305

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Date deposited: 27 Apr 2007
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 21:06

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Author: John Canning

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