Well done on the forum David. I posted this up a while ago: http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/455133.aspx I like the idea of forums and the notion of workers educating workers. For your degree, perhaps have a look at notions of democratic education, and the limitations of constructivism (this strongly claims that we can provide scaffolding for students etc, pressuposing that they are willing and engaged). I used to think that better teaching could improve learning, but as technology has developed, its shifted learning further away from the relations of teacher/student that are so important. You will be well aware of the instrumental limitations of education, and particularly vocational education in this form. Electronic resources have also led to a pedaogical revolution of learning propositional knowledge (facts or surface knowledge) being substituted for learning in the real world, with lip service paid to such terms as knowledge and understanding.