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Using Academic Research to improve the learning experiences of diverse student groups. Presentation to HEA conference Promoting Equity in Higher Education January 27 th 2010 Miriam E. David, AcSS, FRSA Institute of Education University of London email@example.com www.tlrp.org.
Presentation to HEA conference
Promoting Equity in Higher Education
January 27th 2010
Miriam E. David, AcSS, FRSA
Institute of Education
University of London
1. Effective pedagogy demands consistent policy frameworks, with support for learning for diverse students as their main focus.
Policies at government, system, institutional and organisational level need to recognise the fundamental importance of learning for individual, team, organisational, institutional, national and system success. Policies should be designed to create effective and equitable learning environments for all students to benefit socially and economically.
2. Effective pedagogy depends on the research and learning of all those educators who teach and research to support the learning of others.
The need for lecturers, teachers and trainers to learn through doing research to improve their knowledge, expertise and skills for teaching should be recognised and supported.
Pedagogy should take account of what the student as learner knows already to plan strategies for the future. This includes building on prior learning but also taking account of the emerging concurrent learning in context, and the personal and cultural experiences of different groups of students as learners.
Pedagogy should engage students with the concepts, key skills and processes, modes of discourse, ways of thinking and practising and attitudes and relationships which are most valued in their subject. Students need to understand what constitutes quality, standards and expertise in different settings and subjects.
10. Effective pedagogy equips learners for life in its broadest sense.
Learning should help individuals develop the intellectual, personal and social resources that will enable them to participate as active citizens, contribute to economic, social or community development, and flourish as individuals in a diverse and changing society. This means adopting a broad conception of worthwhile learning outcomes and taking seriously issues of equity and social justice for all, across social, economic, ethnic and gender differences.