Language, culture and social connectedness in our diverse landscape: connecting students and staff through principles of pedagogy in higher education

Dashwood, Ann and Lawrence, Jill (2011) Language, culture and social connectedness in our diverse landscape: connecting students and staff through principles of pedagogy in higher education. In: Language, culture and social connectedness. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 1-15. ISBN 978-1-4438-2992-2

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Social connectedness is pivotal to staff and their students for effective learning to take place. A longitudinal research project conducted at USQ developed a pedagogy to foster effective learning which evolved from transnational to best practice. It is based on five strategic principles: sustainability, flexibility, context (diversity), engagement and scholarship. This paper explores two of those principles, scholarship and engagement, which we argue foster social connectedness in the higher education context. For the purposes of the study, scholarship means respect for the integrity of diverse learning and teaching styles on the part of students and staff. Engagement means collaboration: teachers to learners, students to students, working creatively in partnerships through participation in interactive exchanges of knowledge. The paper argues that the staff’s consideration of both principles strengthened the effectiveness of curriculum design and the learning outcomes of students.


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Additional Information: Chapter 1. 2 print copies held USQ Library at 379.1202 Lan. All rights for this book reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 02:11
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: student engagement; authentic pedagogy; scholarship; social connectedness; best practice; higher education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20025

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