Displacing preconceptions and replacing capacities: capitalising learning places in an Australian university

Danaher, Mike and Coombes, Phyllida and Danaher, Geoff and Danaher, P. A. (2013) Displacing preconceptions and replacing capacities: capitalising learning places in an Australian university. In: 36th Annual International Conference of the Higher Education Society of Australasia (HERDSA 2013): The Place of Learning and Teaching, 1-4 Jul 2013, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Many learners exhibit preconceptions that frame and sometimes hinder their knowledge acquisition. Those preconceptions need to be harnessed and where appropriate displaced and replaced with more effective understandings if learning is to be successful. University educators have a crucial role to play in assisting this process. This paper examines the strategies deployed by the authors to displace learners' preconceptions and replace them with more empowering capacities in two distinct learning contexts in a single Australian university. The first is an innovative pre-undergraduate preparatory program designed for students who would not otherwise enter university. The second is for a diverse range of university undergraduates undertaking environmental studies for the first time. The examination is framed by the notion of multiple forms of capital, some of which students bring with them to these two learning contexts and others of which need to be acquired during the respective course of study. The paper employs an exploratory case study design, augmented by a qualitative analysis of students' and academics' experiences. The interdependent processes of displacing preconceptions and replacing them with heightened capacities are demonstrated to be crucial ingredients of capitalising (on) sustainable and sometimes transformative learning places in an Australian university.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2013 Mike Danaher, Phyllida Coombes, Geoff Danaher and P. A. Danaher. The authors assign to HERDSA and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive license to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive license to HERDSA to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (electronic format HERDSA 2013 conference proceedings). Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 06:33
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 05:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: capacity-building; environmental students; pre-undergraduate preparatory students
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23849

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