So I have completed the first two days of my EdD and it has been a truly thrilling experience. My mind has experience a number of beautiful explosions and I am excitedly anticipating many more over the next 6 years.
The biggest explosion so far was courtesy of Dr Tim Rudd and his lecture on Neoliberalism. At the start of the session I admitted that whilst I knew of the term, I was ignorant of any details, indeed I felt somewhat like a fish who happily swims around, unaware that it is in fishbowl. As the lecture continued, I realised that this analogy was more apt than I first realised.
I had to confront the notion that Neoliberalism has risen, expanded and engulfed everything in its path, taking the principals of economic markets and applying them to many, if not every, aspect of life. This caused my mind to start racing and speedily re-contextualise my assumptions (specifically in relation to education, learning and the direction of YouVersity) and begin to see that they had all arisen within the neoliberal fishbowl.
I readily acknowledge that I am at the beginning of a long research journey (my EdD learningmapp will appear here very soon), but I have had my first glimpse into what I didn’t know that I didn’t know……….and I love it.
My first assignment (due Feb 2017) is a 5000 word literature review. My first potential title is:
Can the fish live outside of the bowl?
Alternative visions: Placing non-mainstream approaches to learning within the neoliberal construct
I have just begun to explore the literature around this and I am sometimes actually trembling with excitement. If it wasn’t so great, it would be odd.
Watch out for many more blogs over the next 6 years……and beyond as I become Dr Leo
Keep on learning!