This article revisits the four cultures of education devised by Professor Walter Leirman, University of Leuven and published in 1993. The four cultures are: expert, engineer, prophet and communicator. The dimensions of each culture and their implications for higher education policy and practice are described as Leirman outlined in his original matrix. The fifth culture ‘player’ is explained and added to the matrix with some commentary on its ambiguities. The article ends with Leirman’s two caveats about accepting his culture paradigms as more than the heuristic he intended.

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