De-weaponising Academic Challenge. Let’s lionise Vulnerability, and Leave ‘grit’ to the Self-help Gurus. | DavidWebster

Ros O’Leary & David Webster

In another post, we will reflect on the pedagogical responses that Higher Education practitioners might make to an atmosphere where ‘challenge’ is suddenly (partly due to a shift in the National Student Survey questions) a hot topic. There is a discourse, which we are seeing more of, related to the established challenge/support relationship in learning contexts (much which draws from Sanford’s Challenge and Support theory). Institutions want to support and challenge students in a bend where, according to the theory, growth is optimal.

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