Papers & Workshops



   Common Units, Common Knowledge?


Dr Mike Grenfell

Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia

This short paper examines the introduction of common units at one small regional university from the point of view of common knowledge, that is knowledge which is legitimated by the University and which it is thought should be 'common' to all students. Working with theories of constuctivism, it will be argued that the rationale on which common units are based is seriously flawed and that knowledge is in fact unruly, contingent and often indeterminate. Those attending will be invited to share their own experience of common units in the institutions they represent.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000