Duet Pedagogy

The MIT BLOSSOMS project is one of many that assumes that the resources and capacity of wealthy or elite institutions in the West can be used to address educational deficit elsewhere.

Educators in less wealthy parts of the same cultural system, or in other systems all together, consistently question whether this amounts to a true duet.

The phrase in the original is "Teaching Duet Pedagogy". We can look at this in two ways: the pedagogy of the teaching duet; and the fact that duet pedagogy itself needs to be taught.

The latter is more revealing of the operation of power in global educational philanthropy.

In serious and significant ways this includes the power of one place to determine curriculum in another. The cultural impact of this is historically visible in the global spread of English, and the violent suppression of Indigenous languages and culture, throughout 19th century colonial education policy.

Educational content is never neutral in its cultural impact. This fact has been overlooked whenever the emphasis is on "the technology", and not the cultural system that determines what's on the screen.

A focus on the culture of educational content development sharpens the relevance of relating duet pedagogy to the "augment or replace" debate about whether technology is used to enhance the local teacher or render them irrelevant.

Related: Upper Hand