Interrogating learner-centredness as a vehicle for meaning emerging in practice and researching personal pedagogies: transformative learning, self-efficacy and social presence at two Australian universities

Danaher, Patrick Alan and Danaher, Geoff and Moriarty, Beverley (2007) Interrogating learner-centredness as a vehicle for meaning emerging in practice and researching personal pedagogies: transformative learning, self-efficacy and social presence at two Australian universities. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 3 (3). pp. 4-13.

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Abstract

Learner-centredness is a key element of the contemporary dominant discourse pertaining to pedagogies and learning. Yet enacting learner-centredness is far from easy in the increasingly massified higher education system. The authors contend that it is in the intersection between this philosophy and practice that meaning emerges and personal pedagogies can be researched. This paper deploys the authors’ experiences as higher educators covering a diversity of disciplines, encompassing pre-undergraduate, undergraduate and postgraduate domestic and international students and including face-to-face, distance and online delivery modes in two Australian universities. Learner-centredness is interrogated in relation to three key sites: • exploring transformative learning with previously educationally marginalised pre-undergraduate students in face-to-face and external modes • enhancing self-efficacy with face-to-face undergraduate teacher education students in relation to their mathematical competence • experiencing social presence with online postgraduate students learning about educational research methods and ethics. The paper reports examples from each site where learner-centredness is successfully engaged and hence where the meaning emerging in practice is fulfilling and productive. At the same time, interpersonal and structural factors sometimes obstruct the attainment of such positive outcomes. These findings have important implications for the authors’ ongoing research into their personal pedagogies as well as for policy and practice in contemporary higher education more broadly.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Copyright of articles is retained by authors. As this is an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. Paper originally presented at the 3rd International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning, 27-28th Sept, 2007.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Patrick Danaher
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2008 06:53
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; Central Queensland University; learner-centredness; personal pedagogies; self-efficacy; social presence; transformative learning; University of Southern Queensland
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3764

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