Have we surrendered to the specialists?
March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
The difference between a specialist and expert is a subtle one but it is significant when we look at the research that is informing the development of education.
It takes expertise to look at the big picture but we tend to default to what specialists have to say. And by their very nature they tend to talk with authority only about the things they know.
Experts look beyond their area of specialism and look at it from the outside in in order to make wider connections.
Tracing the role of specialists back to the work of the father of efficiency Frederick Winslow Taylor, we look at how we have come to focus our thinking on the role of the specialist first and foremost.
But without being able to see the bigger picture we tend up with the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. We see the result of this constantly in terms of how governments work. We also see it in how we develop our school systems.
The challenge for us is to see the bigger picture and to enable us to be specialists who can look outside of our specific area of interest, something the Danes has been able to develop as a part of their education.
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