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ERIC Number: ED537990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Nine Principles Guiding Teaching and Learning: The Framework for a First-Class University Teaching and Learning Environment
Farrell, Kelly; Devlin, Marcia; James, Richard
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Nine educational principles underpin the University of Melbourne's teaching and learning objectives. These principles represent the shared view within the University of the processes and conditions that contribute to first-class higher education. The nine principles were first adopted by the University's Academic Board in 2002. This renewed edition of the document reflects the bold changes the University has undergone since then with the implementation of the Melbourne Model. Many elements of the nine principles are embedded in the philosophy of the Melbourne Model. The provision of a cohort experience, the breadth component, research-led teaching, attention to the physical and intellectual learning environment, knowledge transfer opportunities: these features of the Melbourne Model incorporate the nine principles on a structural level, reinforcing their importance and the University's commitment to them. Aspects of the principles guiding knowledge transfer with regard to teaching and learning are the most significant additions and while they are embedded throughout the document, they are particularly concentrated in principles two and seven. In principle two the interrelations between research, knowledge transfer and teaching and learning are described while in principle seven the practical elements of embedding knowledge transfer in teaching and learning are discussed. These nine guiding principles include: (1) An atmosphere of intellectual excitement; (2) An intensive research and knowledge transfer culture permeating all teaching and learning activities; (3) A vibrant and embracing social context; (4) An international and culturally diverse learning environment; (5) Explicit concern and support for individual development; (6) Clear academic expectations and standards; (7) Learning cycles of experimentation, feedback and assessment; (8) Premium quality learning spaces, resources and technologies; and (9) An adaptive curriculum. [Nine Principles Guiding Teaching and Learning is a statement on the scholarship of teaching and learning in the University of Melbourne and a reference guide to good practice. It was developed on behalf of the Academic Board by Richard James and Gabrielle Baldwin of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education and originally adopted by the Academic Board in 2002. It was revised in 2007 by Kelly Farrell, Marcia Devlin and Richard James.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Melbourne (Australia), Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)
Identifiers - Location: Australia