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To Make Open Access Work, We Need to Do More Than Liberate Journal Articles | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

To Make Open Access Work, We Need to Do More Than Liberate Journal Articles | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
In an act of solidarity with the late Aaron Swartz's crusade to liberate publicly funded knowledge for all, many academics have been posting open-access PDFs of their research.
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A whole can of academic worms being opened here...

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Opinion: Academia Suppresses Creativity | The Scientist

Opinion: Academia Suppresses Creativity | The Scientist | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Opinion: Academia Suppresses Creativity ...

 

The results of this suppression of creativity are not limited to the world of grant-funded research. The same leadership that fosters the status quo in research also affects the classroom. A university education is supposed to teach students how to think critically. However, that goal has been set aside in many of our classrooms, being traded for the less ambitious goal of memorizing facts. Curiously, when the rote memorization is emphasized, creative students are often penalized. Multiple-choice exams are the standard for testing a student’s ability to memorize facts, and creative students are usually not adept at guessing what a test writer is thinking. They are much better at solving problems, generating hypotheses, designing protocols, and developing a deep understanding of their discipline—all key aspects of good critical thinkers and professionals in science.

 

By rewarding those students who accept the current facts as gospel, rather than skills that are likely to lead to the creation of knew knowledge, universities are stifling the next generation of scientists.

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