Challenging Pedagogical Cultural Assumptions

O’Toole, Michael (2008) Challenging Pedagogical Cultural Assumptions. [Conference Proceedings]


Learners spend most of their learning time within learning environments such as classrooms, laboratories and libraries. These places are categorised as learning spaces and it is within these spaces is where campus culture is imparted to the learner. However, is the culture that the learner senses, one of a previous era? Does campus culture encumber learners in attaining their learning potential? In this paper, my intention is to challenge the cultural assumptions of traditional pedagogical approaches. The paper discusses a number of cultural related issues such as the cultural relationships of space and place within the classroom which is followed by a discussion on, ‘what space(s) will give learners the most educational value?’ Overall the paper aims to provide a focus for thinking about how pedagogical culture influences learning.

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