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ERIC Number: EJ1087991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-186X
Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning Practice: An Ontological-Epistemological Discourse
Samarji, Ahmad; Hooley, Neil
Cogent Education, v2 n1 Article 1120261 2015
Tertiary education has been actively moving over the last two decades from the lecturer-centred to the student-centred approach, focusing more on "what the student does" rather than on "what the student is" or "what the teacher is". We, as academics, teacher educators, and teachers, do attend many workshops and seminars promoting student-centred learning. However, the question that arises is "are we prepared to truly develop from the conventional lecture-based learning, which is hard to eliminate, to the innovative student-centred learning, which may be hard to accept, adopt, and sustain?" The way we plan, organise and deliver knowledge might be mostly epistemological. However, there exists an ontological stance on how we perceive knowledge and on our belief--informed opinions--of "the most effective pedagogy" in organising and emphasising such knowledge. This paper will present a personal reflective study on the ontological-epistemological discourse that a novice academic experienced in first accepting the idea of a student-centred learning approach, implementing such strategy and in reflecting back on this experience. This study promotes a rethinking of our teaching and learning practice as an ontological and epistemological form of inquiry and generates insights which may be further extended and researched. This paper finally offers a reread of the Experiential Learning Cycle of the Praxis Inquiry, a model established and adopted by the College of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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