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ERIC Number: ED542293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
Collaborative Learner Biographies: Or, Discovering You Had Created a Project-Based Learning Task without Realizing It
Saltmarsh, David
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
The purpose of this paper is to report on an assessment task designed to provoke pre-service teacher education students to recollect and share experiences of what enabled and frustrated their learning. The assumption underpinning the creation of this task was that: if teacher education students could, through reflection and discussion, recapture the excitement and satisfaction gained through realizing they had understood an idea or mastered a skill, they could focus on promoting that sense of discovery or achievement in their students. Conversely, if they recalled what had inhibited their learning, and became aware of what inhibited the learning of others, they could avoid repeating this with their students. Twenty-nine students consented to having their submissions used for this research and the work of two groups is analyzed and reported here. Students' contributions commented on the facilitators and inhibitors, as expected, and often noted the details of their collaborators' learning experiences with some surprise. It was as though they had not expected to discover that others too had been humiliated or unfairly disciplined and the exercise led to a greater sense of a shared learning experience. Comments about the nature of the task and the value of reflection were also made.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Identifiers - Location: Australia