Teaching and Assessing for Understanding at University in the South Pacific

Boulton-Lewis, Gillian (2014) Teaching and Assessing for Understanding at University in the South Pacific. In Dorovolomo, Jeremy, Koya-Vaka'Uta, Cresantia Frances, Coutts, Rosanne, & Lingam, Govinda Ishwar (Eds.) Discussions and Debates in Pacific Education. Common Ground Publishing LLC, Illinois, United States of America, pp. 137-146.

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Pacific people have their own unique ways of knowing that shape how they learn and this should be taken into account in planning curriculum and in teaching. Pacific people are more likely to want to learn by doing, seeing, collaborating and in a concrete environment whereas for Western students learning becomes formal quickly and depends more on words and theories. This assumed difference in learning preferences could present a problem for formal learning with the need to bridge the gap psychologically and epistemologically between concrete and formal modes of learning. It could be the reason why some students in the Pacific, even at the tertiary level, rely heavily on rote learning. This chapter is a discussion of learning and assessment practices that help to foster understanding as they might apply to teaching at university in the South Pacific.

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ID Code: 80833
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: HERN
ISBN: 9781612295343
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Jeremy Dorovolomo, Cresantia Frances Koya-Vaka’uta, Rosanne Coutts and Govinda Ishwar Lingam
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