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University of Westminster Teaching & Learning Seminar Discursive Learning Katie Hayes
InCurriculum: Background information National Teaching Fellowship Project 3 years (2007 – 2010) Participating institutions –Norwich University College of the Arts –University of Westminster –De Montfort University
InCurriculum: Aims Mainstreaming ‘SpLD-friendly’ practice To modify 3 modules at each institution, deliver & evaluate Dissemination of inclusive practice in course delivery & assessment To develop guidelines and tools for lecturers
Westminster Research Think Tank Meetings Based upon the art & design ‘crit’ model Student lead discussion groups Focus on learning strategies and behaviours Emphasise diversity of approaches Share good practice - externalise learning Develop reflective practice - deep learning Capture/articulate student voice
Themes that have come out of the research so far Discursive Learning Where has this come from & why?
What do we want from this? Students who are: Active learners Independent learners Critical thinkers Contextualised learning Recognition of a range of learning styles & practices
Theories Behaviourist & Cognitive Theories : linear process, stimulus & response, accuracy & rewards, chunking information
Inclusion & Diversity Responding to the Higher Education Academy’s call for embedded equality and diversity in curriculum development. Social Model of Disability Social Constructionism Differentiates between impairment & disability Traditional learning procedures should be adapted to suit a wide variety of learning styles without segregating the neurologically diverse. Many of the adjustments made to include the neurologically diverse are equally likely to benefit the neurologically typical.
Theories Humanist & Experiential/Process Theories: student centred, learners actions create the learning situation, engaging existing knowledge, learning from each other, non-linear process
What is discursive learning? ‘multi-modal learning’ John Heron (1999) range of learning practices ‘Trying to find questions as well as answers and methods of evaluating the answers, in cooperation with the teacher should be, then, the core of the education system’ Bert van Oers (1996) negotiated learning
Why is this good practice for inclusive learning? Small groups Brainstorm under this heading Record findings Feedback
What are the potential problems with this kind of learning practice? Small groups brainstorm under this heading Record findings feedback