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The student learning experience - what exactly do they learn and what exactly do they experience?. Helen Bulpitt Deputy Director Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work. Aims of this workshop. To propose a model of learning (presentation)
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Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work
To propose a model of learning (presentation)
To interrogate assumptions of the model (interactive activity)
To respond and reflect on practical implications of the approach (discussion)
Key point one: We learn most useful things by accident
There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract
Key point two: we don’t learn things in isolation
A fundamental human urge to make sense of the world and bring it under deliberate control
Key point three:learning is triggered by a sense of the incongruous – when our internal working models are no longer fit for purpose
Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world and with each other
Key point four: by becoming aware of incongruence, we can become critical. This is both empowering and transformative
a very important part of the job of a teacher is to guide [the learner] towards tasks where s/he will be able objectively to do well, but not too easily, not without putting forth some effort, not without difficulties to be mastered, errors to be overcome, creative solutions to be found
Key point five: discoveries are only made when errors are celebrated
Key point six: play, play and play again
An invitation for the creative play of others
Key point seven: all good academic research is play
If adults of widely differing class and ethnic groups are actively exploring ideas, beliefs and practices then we are likely to have a society in which creativity, diversity and the continuous recreation of social structures are the accepted norms
Key point eight: a diverse social context enriches all the learners and may lead not only to individual, but to social transformation