Volume 13 · Number 3 · Pages 331–333
Changing the Educational System: The Bigger Picture

Laurence D. Richards

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Open peer commentary on the article “Heterarchical Reflexive Conversational Teaching and Learning as a Vehicle for Ethical Engineering Curriculum Design” by Philip Baron. Upshot: In any human culture, language guides and constrains thinking and learning and therefore what gets accepted as relevant knowledge. When proposing a radical change in an educational system, the prevailing language (and its accompanying way or ways of thinking) may need to be challenged before significant change can occur. Cybernetics offers alternatives to language that currently constrains the possibilities for system change.


Richards L. D. (2018) Changing the educational system: The bigger picture. Constructivist Foundations 13(3): 331–333. http://constructivist.info/13/3/331

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