oa Alternation - The Politics of Pedagogy in the Humanities: How can We not Speak of Language Teaching?

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



University education has traditionally been associated with the advancement and transmission of learning in its highest forms, and the dispensing of qualifications governing access to the learned professions. During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries university institutions in the West and Europe were intimately connected with religion and the constraints imposed by it (see Mazrui 1978). The Copernican revolution in the second half of the sixteenth century, however, caused tensions between complete scientific objectivity and considerations of inherited religion to enter a new era. In many senses, therefore, the idea of a university became, in Zymunt Ziembinski's formulation: a community of scholars, who look for truth, inform each other of the acquired knowledge, and teach the methods through which such knowledge can be acquired (cited in Horn 1997:84).

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