ERIC Number: EJ1120413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Before Studying in the Humanities, What Do Students Need?
Zemits, Birut; Hodson, Linda
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v35 n6 p698-712 2016
What enables success for students studying in the humanities can be a contested space; dependent not only on the view taken on the content and purpose of specific subjects, but also on the nature of teaching and learning. This paper examines the process of redeveloping an elective unit in a Tertiary Enabling Programme to prepare students for study in undergraduate humanities areas. The research involved consulting with academics from different disciplines in a regional university and analysing their views on what enhances student success. These discussions are reviewed in light of literature on best practice in teaching and learning for foundation and first-year university students, particularly exploring Pierre Bourdieu's notion of extending "cultural capital" while expanding "habitus" to emerge confidently into the field of academic life. We conclude that fostering students' awareness of personal perspective on historical and contemporary events, alongside encouraging awareness of the constructed nature of meaning in particular events is central to developing the kind of thinking valued by lecturers in humanities subjects.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Humanities, Student Needs, Cultural Capital, Elective Courses, Academic Achievement, Best Practices, Case Studies, Critical Thinking, Research Skills, Lifelong Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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