Techne and Teaching: Is Teaching an Artful Science or a Scientific Art? – Catherine Schryer

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The other day during a discussion someone mentioned that teaching was obviously a techne. From the context of the discussion they seemed to mean that teaching consisted of a set of consistent practices. Just by chance, my research group and I had done a lot of investigation into the history of the term techne. We had been investigating teaching and learning practices in healthcare situations and noted the novice practitioners were often rigorously tested on their knowledge of specific facts and terms while at the same time their mentors sometimes talked about moving beyond facts and negotiating situations of uncertainty. We also tied these two conflicting observations into the debate around medicine as either an art or science. Continue reading Techne and Teaching: Is Teaching an Artful Science or a Scientific Art? – Catherine Schryer

Catherine Schryer

As Director of the Centre for Excellence from 2006 to 2009, Catherine F. Schryer provided leadership in the promotion, development, and advancement of excellence in teaching and learning at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining the Centre, Catherine was Director of the University of Waterloo's Teaching Resources Office. She has a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition Studies, with interests in advanced literacies in the professions as well as education and healthcare communication. Catherine is now Chair of the Department of Professional Communication at Ryerson University.

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