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Research Seminar: Teaching undergraduate students as researchers and the relationship to powerful knowledge

(18 October 2017)

This seminar with take place on Wednesday, 15 November at 1pm in ED 134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Professor Tony Harland from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact

I examine the concept of ‘powerful knowledge’ for higher education in the context of teaching undergraduate students as researchers. The key to attaining powerful knowledge is ‘epistemic access’ to the discipline and powerful knowledge is both an outcome and part of the process of education. A model is presented in which there is the possibility of powerful action after graduation that questions the limits of a lecturer’s responsibility. Powerful knowledge may be a more appropriate objective for learning in universities and could replace the over-specified lists of skills and attributes currently in vogue.

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