Black Hole Pedagogy: The Violence in E-Learning

Proceedings of the New Zealand Post-Primary Teachers Association Conference, 2004

13 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2012

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Robert Keith Shaw

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS)

Date Written: April 20, 2004

Abstract

The National Observatory of New Zealand worked with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to develop assessment standards for astronomy. Courses for these standards are taught online by the Observatory in a teaching platform designed specifically for the purpose. This paper considers the pedagogy applied in the development of the distance education materials and course delivery. This theory of pedagogy is called the black hole theory because once a student enters the system they are trapped and pulled towards inevitable success. The paper discusses several positive features of this system, along with the inherent violence within the system.

Keywords: science education, violence, learning, e-learning, distance education, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment

Suggested Citation

Shaw, Robert Keith, Black Hole Pedagogy: The Violence in E-Learning (April 20, 2004). Proceedings of the New Zealand Post-Primary Teachers Association Conference, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1984856

Robert Keith Shaw (Contact Author)

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