May 24th, 2011
we as a community of practice would characterize our commitment to eportoflios,
most likely, as also a commitment to a focus on student *learning* as opposed
to the traditional focus on teaching. The word "pedagogy,"
however, mean studying how teachers teach. It is a study of teaching.
The literal meaning is "to lead a child." In other words,
pedagogy carries baggage we may not be aware of: it's common use comes
from the culture of teaching -- and is evokes behaviorism in which students are
objects to be acted on.
Instead of "pedagogy," we should be talking about our theory of
learning. We should be talking about "designing for learning,"
or our "learning theory," and other ways to make it clear our work is
distinct from the teaching-centered practices that are still common. Pedagogy
envisions a passive student; eportfolios envision an active student. Our
words have great power. We must attend to them.