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Do no harm: Risk aversion versus risk management in the context of pedagogic frailty

Hulme, JA and Winstone, Naomi (2017) Do no harm: Risk aversion versus risk management in the context of pedagogic frailty Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL), 9 (3). pp. 261-274.

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Innovation in teaching ensures that education remains fit for purpose in a changing world. The model of pedagogic frailty (Kinchin, Alpay, Curtis, Franklin, Rivers & Winstone, 2016) proposes that educators may perceive innovation as risky, which may inhibit innovation, and thus reduce opportunities to update learning experiences. Within psychology, psychological literacy (the skills, knowledge and attributes acquired as outcomes of studying psychology) is becoming increasingly central to the curriculum. Educators are teaching more applied psychology, which requires new pedagogic approaches and are adopting and modelling core professional values espoused as components of psychological literacy, including evidence-based practice, ethics, and professional competence. We argue that psychology educators (and those from other disciplines) may assess the risk of innovation through the lenses of these professional values. The decision to maintain ‘safe’ practices may reflect a risk management approach, rather than frailty. We propose a model whereby frailty may depend on social context and risk in different educational circumstances. The professional values associated with psychological literacy and similar integrative disciplinary constructs, which at first seem to hinder innovation, may promote innovation which is creative and safe, and will facilitate the development of a rigorous evidence base to inform future practice.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Hulme, JA
Date : September 2017
DOI : 10.34105/j.kmel.2017.09.016
Copyright Disclaimer : This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Pedagogic frailty, psychological literacy, risk management, education, innovation
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Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 18 Aug 2017 15:33
Last Modified : 16 Aug 2019 14:27

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