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When a Paradigm becomes a Paradogma

posted 27 Feb 2014, 01:52 by ICO Education   [ updated 27 Feb 2014, 06:37 ]
a blog by
Prof. dr. Paul A. Kirschner
Welten Institute, Centre for Learning, Teaching and technology, Open University of the Netherlands
I just experienced something that I have never experienced before (as an academic) and hope never to experience again. I am very tempted to name names here (naming and shaming), but have chosen not to do so and keep the persons in question anonymous. You might want to see it as a variation of what the announcer used to say at the beginning of a 1960s TV show called Dragnet: “The story you are about to read is true; the names have been changed to protect the
guilty”.
What is the case? A PhD student contacted me and some colleagues via email about the fact that (s)he felt that an article that (s)he had written and submitted was being rejected, not on the grounds of its quality, but rather because of the journal’s / editor’s / reviewer’s ideology. (Before proceeding I need to emphasize very strongly here that neither I nor my colleagues were co‐authors or personally associated with the PhD or the production of the article in any manner. I am, thus, not complaining about the rejection of one of my papers or a paper written by a student of mine! I am also not discussing whether....

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