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Revisiting 'how we learn' in academia : practice-based learning exchanges in three Australian universities

Hodge, Paul, Wright, Sarah, Barraket, Jo, Scott, Marcelle, Melville, Rose, & Richardson, Sarah (2010) Revisiting 'how we learn' in academia : practice-based learning exchanges in three Australian universities. Studies in Higher Education, pp. 1-17.

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Abstract

Ideas of 'how we learn' in formal academic settings have changed markedly in recent decades. The primary position that universities once held on shaping what constitutes learning has come into question from a range of experience-led and situated learning models. Drawing on findings from a study conducted across three Australian universities, the article focuses on the multifarious learning experiences indicative of practice-based learning exchanges such as student placements. Building on both experiential and situated learning theories, the authors found that students can experience transformative and emotional elucidations of learning, that can challenge tacit assumptions and transform the ways they understand the world. It was found that all participants (hosts, students, academics) both teach and learn in these educative scenarios and that, contrary to common (mis)perceptions that academics live in 'ivory towers', they play a crucial role in contributing to learning that takes place in the so-called 'real world'.

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ID Code: 37748
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Experiential learning, Practice-based learning, Communities of practice, Learning theory, Community engagement
DOI: 10.1080/03075070903501895
ISSN: 1470-174X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business Information Management (incl. Records Knowledge and Information Management and Intelligence) (150301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Society for Research into Higher Education
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Studies in Higher Education. [Studies in Higher Education] is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2010 07:35
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 22:40

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