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Pedagogy in diverse secondary school classes: Legacies for higher education

Dooley, Karen T. (2004) Pedagogy in diverse secondary school classes: Legacies for higher education. Higher Education, 48(2), pp. 251-252.

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Abstract

As university teachers we find ourselves grappling with the increasingly diverse legacies of students’ prior pedagogic experiences – some of which seem to work against the quality intellectual outcomes now demanded from higher education. In this context, this paper reports a descriptive study of pedagogy created for Chinese students in a mainstream Australian secondary school with a high level of tertiary entry. An influential literature on student learning in higher education has pointed to the constraining effects of bothWestern and Chinese secondary schooling on university students’ learning. In the case of Chinese students who enter Western universities from Western secondary schools, the picture is complicated by research indicating that students of English as a Second Language (ESL) receive even more constraining forms of pedagogy than their native-English-speaking peers. A framework of Bernsteinian sociological concepts and discourse analytic concepts was employed in the study reported here to explore this possibility. Implications are drawn for managing the transition of ESL students to university contexts, and for reflecting on our own responses to linguistic and cultural diversity in the tutorial room.

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ID Code: 961
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: HERN
DOI: 10.1023/B:HIGH.0000034316.84784.d7
ISSN: 1573-174X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 14:55

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