Agency: Enabling Students and Teachers to realize their agency

For four years now I have been coordinating studio courses at the university level. Situated behind this enactment of the university course and classroom is an approach focussed upon enabling agency in students and teachers. So I asked two questions:

How do I enable student agency? and also

How do I enable teacher agency?

After four years of this work, I have had occasion to see some amazing outcomes from students and I have seen teachers get interested and excited about pedagogy. Some even have embarked upon postgraduate research into pedagogy.

I now have set up a facebook group – The Dead Teachers Society India – to share this work among teachers and students in India. Please note that the conversation in this group emerges from work done in a University setting in Australia. Specifically the teaching of Industrial Design in the First Year of a university program. That said agency, the tools I have curated and put into guides in this group are not specific to design education.

Are you in India?

Are you interested in progressive pedagogy? Are you a student interested in activating your agency? Are you a teacher interested in activating your agency? In short if you are interested in this subject area and are keen to have a look or embark on a journey of self discovery – this facebook group could be for you.

Link to facebook Group – The Dead Teachers Society India: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314960973421616/https://www.facebook.com/groups/314960973421616/

Re Agency

The Power of Agency: https://learningforward.org/journal/april-2016-issue/the-power-of-teacher-agency/https://learningforward.org/journal/april-2016-issue/the-power-of-teacher-agency/

What is Student Agency: https://inspiredteaching.org/what-is-student-agency/

There is a lovely John Spencer Video here: https://youtu.be/BYBJQ5rIFjA

By Soumitri Varadarajan

Soumitri lives in Melbourne, Australia - #probonodesign #codesign #sustainability #patientexperience #quantifiedself #mdg

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