#53ideas 26 – Students are selectively negligent, and successful students neglect the right stuff


In higher education research there used to be a good deal of focus of attention paid to the phenomenon of curricula being excessively large, and teachers being excessively demanding. Given the low level of student effort common in many degree programmes and universities nowadays (see idea 6) this phenomenon might today be recast as ‘Students do not want to study as much as they ought to’. But not so long ago the demand students faced were commonly unreasonably large, and this had unintended consequences.

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