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Linking teaching and research – some ideas from my teaching at the Australian National University “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled” (Plutarch, c46–127 AD). Richard. Baker@anu.edu.au Deputy Dean College of Science Australian National University.
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Linking teaching and research – some ideas from my teaching at the Australian National University “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled” (Plutarch, c46–127 AD)
College of Science
Australian National University
Outcome of our paper was a workshop in Cambridge February 2009 that I chaired of heads of Education and Teaching and Learning Support Centres of the IARU partners.
Two key points arising from these discussions that I think are relevant to our discussions today were
“In a ‘knowledge society’ all students - certainly all graduates - have to be researchers. Not only are they engaged in the production of knowledge; they must also be educated to cope with the risks and uncertainties generated by the advance of science. In other words, education and research co-mingle in ways that make their artificial separation destructive of the highest standards in both.” Scott, P. 2002
have learnt about research
“they really kind of pushed you into having this open mind. And the whole theory that several truths can coexist. Which makes it a lot easier in your other subjects when they say something that you don’t completely agree with. You don’t turn off any more, you start to think about things more and that’s something this course encouraged.” (Focus group, 2003)
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Taught by a a Vietnamese tutor (who is an ANU graduate), a geography, an anthropologist and Vietnamese language teacher
Students from every faculty and every year of their degrees do the course
Feeding your family when crops fail
“I will never read a journal article with the same naivety I once had, learning first hand and having the opportunity to conduct such raw primary research will be a valued experience in my future academic career.”
Of 26 students without any prompting: