- Casper Laurent
Master Student in Innovation,
The gap between knowledge and practice. - A students thoughts on how universities don't implement what they know.
Why is it that the place where most knowledge on structure, organizations and learning is allocated, is also the place where the least of this knowledge gets put to use?
As an university student I (sadly) often ask my self why I'm at a specific lecture. Too often I get the feeling that I might as well have stayed home in stead of having attended today, since reading the curriculum apparently is more beneficial then joining the lecture. Too often the lecturers just repeat what I've already read and, might I ad, in a way that requires a lot of motivation and self discipline just to stay awake.
Why isn't the lecture on communication the best communicated one? Or the lecture on pedagogy the one which involves the most?
Though we do have lectures that really get me going and lecturers who really get me on the edge of my seat, my point is this:
Shouldn't universities be the place where private companies enviously look, amazed at how effective they are at communicating complexities? How well structured they are? How smooth everything seams to flow?
I would say yes, but that's not the experience I get when attending.
Recently when only given one 15 minute break during a three hour lecture, I asked the professor if we couldn't get at least one more, since it gets hard to concentrate for that period of time. He replied by saying, that we should actually take a short break every 20 minutes, because of that very argument. So why doesn't he give us that? Is it a matter of habit? Lack of reflection? Or maybe something else?
I don't know. But I sure would like to, since I suspect that being armed with that knowledge might be the first step in bringing change to this situation.
What are your thoughts?