Willans, Julie and Harreveld, R. E. (Bobby) and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2003) Enhancing higher education transitions through negotiated engagements of learning experiences: lessons from a pre-undergraduate preparatory program language education course. Queensland Journal of Educational Research, 19 (1). pp. 42-50. ISSN 1329-0703
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McInnis (2001) has identified three key challenges for universities in maximising student engagement with the undergraduate experience: curriculum, learning community, and infrastructure and support. This paper demonstrates how the curriculum challenge is being addressed in the Language and Learning course in the STEPS pre-undergraduate preparatory program at Central Queensland University. The paper pays particular attention to the language education curriculum – with its focus on learning styles, brain-based learning, critical awareness and skill development – as it equips students to engage with ‘university speak’, critical self-reflection and negotiation of individual and institutional expectations of university.
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