Shaping lecturers’ beliefs about teaching and learning in higher education in the Pacific

Raturi, Shikha & Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M. (2014) Shaping lecturers’ beliefs about teaching and learning in higher education in the Pacific. Issues in Educational Research, 24(1), pp. 67-84.

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The aim of this study was to describe the educational experiences shaping the teaching and learning beliefs held by a group of beginning lecturers in higher education at various tertiary institutions in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs). A total of sixty three essays written by participants in an online course on teaching in higher education comprised the data for the study. A modified version of narrative analysis was used. This is a powerful methodology in qualitative research that can provide remarkable insights into individuals’ beliefs. The critical experiences that were thought to shape their beliefs in teaching and learning were identified and discussed in the light of relevant literature. The participants described a range of influences that shaped their beliefs about teaching and learning including realisation about the need to work harder and know more, the importance of independence, support systems, curriculum, qualities of a teacher, teaching and learning process, teaching and learning strategies, and learning environments. This information was useful in teaching these students and for further courses.

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ID Code: 71106
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
ISSN: 1837-6290
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Design
Deposited On: 07 May 2014 04:45
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 05:27

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