Identity and disciplinarity : Multi-disciplinary student cohorts in Higher Education [Abstract]

Duncan-Howell, Jennifer A., McDonald, Fiona, & Lewis, Bridget (2009) Identity and disciplinarity : Multi-disciplinary student cohorts in Higher Education [Abstract]. In European Conference on Educational Research, 28-30 September 2009, University of Vienna, Vienna.

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This paper will describe a research project that examines the implications of multidisciplinary student cohorts on teaching and learning within undergraduate and postgraduate units in higher education. Whist students generally specialise in one discipline, it is also common that, at some point during their degree, they will choose to undertake subjects that are outside their specialist area. Students may choose a multidisciplinary learning experience either out of interest or because the subject is seen as complementary to their core discipline. When the lens of identity is applied to the multi-disciplinary cohorts in undergraduate and postgraduate units, it assists in identifying learning needs. The nature of disciplinarity, and the impact it has on students’ academic identity, presents challenges to both students and teachers when they engage in teaching and learning, impacting on curriculum design, assessment practices and teaching delivery strategies (Winberg, 2008). This project aims to identify the barriers that exist to effective teaching and learning in units that have multidisciplinary student cohorts. It will identify the particular needs of students in multidisciplinary student cohorts and determine a teaching and learning model that meets the needs of such cohorts.

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ID Code: 28224
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Published abstract
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Keywords: Disciplinarity, Higher education, Multi-disciplinary cohorts, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2009 01:07
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:06

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