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The Return of Practice to Higher Education: Resolution of a Paradox

Journal of General Education, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 57-77, 2007

Northeastern U. College of Business Administration Research Paper No. 08-008

30 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2009  

Joseph A. Raelin

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Abstract

Although academic provision has become largely associated with professional education, this article argues that the delivery mechanism used to impart knowledge is standard classroom methodology associated with liberal arts education. This methodology has been retained while a "practice turn" has been noted in other fields that elevates the value of experience as a basis for knowledge. This article shows how practice in higher education became detached from theory and how through praxis, they can be re-integrated.

Keywords: Praxis, Reflective practice, Epistemology of practice, Practice education, Critical pedagogy, Facilitation, Action learning

JEL Classification: I20, I21, I28

Suggested Citation

Raelin, Joseph A., The Return of Practice to Higher Education: Resolution of a Paradox. Journal of General Education, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 57-77, 2007; Northeastern U. College of Business Administration Research Paper No. 08-008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1323892

Joseph A. Raelin (Contact Author)

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