-Philosophy of Teaching:

Consider few paragraphs from
Dirk Grentley’s Holistic Detective Agency,
by Douglas Adams, Pocket Books, 1987

“What really is the purpose of trying to teach anything to anybody?

This question seemed to provoke a murmur of sympathetic approval from up and down the table.

Richard Continued: “What I mean is that if you really want to understand something the best way is to try and explain it to someone. That forces you to sort it out in your own mind. And the more you slow down and [the more] dim-witted your pupil [is], the more you have to break things down into more and more simple ideas. That is really the essence of computer programming.

By the time you’ve sorted out a complicated idea, into little steps with which even a stupid machine can deal, you’ve certainly learned something about it yourself. The teacher usually learns more than the pupil.”


I have been teaching students to fail but have never been able to explain it and why it works. Here is a recently published article that helps explain the Glory of Failure.


Heutagogy, a form of self-determined learning with practices and principles rooted in andragogy, has recently resurfaced as a learning approach after a decade of limited attention. In a heutagogical approach to teaching and learning, learners are highly autonomous and self-determined and emphasis is placed on development of learner capacity and capability with the goal of producing learners who are well-prepared for the complexities of today’s workplace.


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