Sean Sturm is a lecturer in academic development in the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) at the University of Auckland. He teaches and writes about writing, teaching and learning in the university, often with Stephen Turner.
- "Our own ‘purpose’ is not simple replication, or rule recognition, though this is part of our teaching (of writing)."
- "To us, this normative drive is better understood as econometrically determined programming, or prescription, whereby the measure of performance itself determines what counts, for example, as innovation, or, to put it another way, knowledge creation becomes knowledge management."
- "We do not simply mean to provoke or persuade; instead, we wish to prompt others to consider what provokes us and to become engaged in the same issues."
- "We realise that this literality is heretical because it exposes the empty consensus of doctrine—in this case, the feedback loop of managed consensus (to give an example of literality as heresy, St Francis of Assisi exposed the interest of the Church in feudal property relations by taking literally the vow of poverty)."
- "It involves asking what templates and their boxes do, which is to say, every other survey, review, report, outline or summary feedback form, and what rationale might drive the pre-programmed scripts they unfold (what pass for meetings, in universities as elsewhere, also merely require people to be present and to implement their scripts, certainly not to deliberate on the grounds of the meeting itself)."
- "Possibilism, as Albert Hirschman writes, ‘consists in the discovery of paths, however narrow, leading to an outcome that appears to be foreclosed on the basis of probabilistic [or positivistic] reasoning alone.'"
- "The ‘anthropological bedrock' of any social consensus is a set of ‘crystallized’ rules."
- "What am I to do?'"
- "In learning how rules can be made, and not simply recognised, we recognise the human capacity for the transformation of social and natural worlds."
- "The university can hardly be a place where this, but not anything else, escapes pause, reflection and deliberation."