Engaging first year lecturers with threshold learning outcomes and concepts in their disciplines

Thomas, Theda and Wallace, Joy and Allen, Pamela and Clark, Jennifer and Cole, Bronwyn and Jones, Adrian and Lawrence, Jill and Sheridan-Burns, Lynette (2014) Engaging first year lecturers with threshold learning outcomes and concepts in their disciplines. In: 17th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2014), 6-9 July 2014, Darwin, Australia.

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In this paper, we report on an investigation of what students need to learn in the first year in various discipline-based subjects to launch then on their way to meet specified discipline threshold learning outcomes (TLOs) by the time they graduate. We frame our investigation using both the threshold concepts that the students must master in first year in order to succeed in learning in the discipline and also the threshold learning outcomes that they need to achieve by third year. We describe and analyse workshops used to engage lecturers with the challenges of designing first year curriculum in their r discipline, suggest why threshold concepts are useful in focusing both lecturers and students on what is essential, and outline briefly some of the creative solutions the lecturers offered.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 23:28
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 00:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: threshold learning outcomes, higher education, first year in higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
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URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29831

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