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"What if..." An exercise in thinking about teaching and learning

Donna Brandes and Seng Thiam Teh
Edith Cowan University
We intend to give a brief introduction and definition of student centred learning. Being 'student centred' means more than 'token' involvement of students in the learning process; it means that they must be consulted at every step along the way and that a partnership must be purposefully developed. It is our aim that participants go away with a clear understanding of what student centred learning means and an appreciation that these methods can be applied at any level of learning, in any discipline and in other aspects of living such as relationships.

In this session, delegates will participate in a "What if..." exercise carried out in small groups in which they will explore and discuss questions such as "What if students felt safe to say their ideas and thoughts, even if they are original or dissenting?" The small groups will present their most important points for discussion and feedback. Whilst this may be a stand alone session, there is a follow up session to be presented by my co-author titled "Shedding the Mantle of 'The Expert'".

We would like participants to attend with an open mind and perhaps gain some new insights to the issues raised.

Contact person: Dr Donna Brandes, Director, Synergy Works
55 Tamar Street, Palmyra WA 6157. val2@iinet.net.au

Presentation format: Demonstration of teaching

Please cite as: Brandes, D. and Teh, S. T. (2002). "What if..." An exercise in thinking about teaching and learning. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/brandes-abs.html

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