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Shedding the mantle of 'The expert'

Seng Thiam Teh
Edith Cowan University

Donna Brandes
Director, Synergy Works

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, we intend for participants to look at issues of authority and control. Do lecturers have to be the ultimate experts in the subject? Or can they be partners with their students in their mutual learning process? After a brief introduction, we will give participants an exercise that will enable them to clarify for themselves their personal positions on issues of authority and control. Whilst this may be a stand alone session, it is also a follow up of a session by my co-author titled 'What if...': An exercise in thinking about teaching and learning.

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

Authors: Seng Thiam Teh, Lecturer, School of Accounting, Edith Cowan University. s.teh@ecu.edu.au
Dr Donna Brandes, Director, Synergy Works. val2@iinet.net.au

Presentation format: Demonstration of teaching

Please cite as: Teh, S. T. and Brandes, D. (2002). Shedding the mantle of 'The expert'. 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/teh-abs.html

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