Locating learning advisers in the new university: What should be our role?

Green, Wendy and Hammer, Sara and Stephens, Robyn (2005) Locating learning advisers in the new university: What should be our role? In: LAS2005 Critiquing and Reflecting, 24-25 Nov 2005, ANU, Canberra.


In this paper the authors contribute to the debate on the institutional location of Learning Centres, and its influence on the type of work undertaken by the staff within them, by reflecting on their own experience as newly 'embedded' learning advisers in the Learning Development Unit within the Griffith Business School. During the past two decades, Australian universities have begun to prioritise generic skills development in response to pressures created by the diversification of the student body and industry demands for graduates with 'transferable' skills. The current consensus is that these generic skills, attributes and values are most effectively developed within disciplinary contexts. This shift from a deficit model to a more complex framework for understanding the relationship between knowledge and academic skills development effectively requires the development of a new curriculum. Hence, it has significant implications for learning advisers, who have traditionally provided academic skills programs from centralised Learning Centres. The authors suggest that learning advisers can play a vital role in the development of the new curricula demanded by universities, employers and students by developing partnerships with disciplinary experts, which are based explicitly on a model of co-production. Adopting this model means that the new curriculum is seen as a third knowledge, which must be constructed through strong and equal working relationships between disciplinary and language/skills specialists.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2008 04:55
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 05:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: generic skills, curriculum development, learning adviser, higher education, academic literacy; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2810

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