ERIC Number: EJ724744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
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Re?Engineering of Undergraduate Science Curricula to Emphasise Development of Lifelong Learning Skills
Peat, Mary; Taylor, Charlotte E.; Franklin, Sue
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v42 n2 p135-146 May 2005
It is increasingly important in the twenty-first century for graduates to be able to take their place in the changing world scene and to be adaptable and creative within the organisation that employs them. This paper describes some of the initiatives introduced into the curriculum of a first-year science course, taken by 1300 students at the University of Sydney, that are designed to help students develop the attributes required of a professional scientist. Comprehensive online resources have been developed to facilitate independent study, and synchronous and asynchronous communications, and these are delivered via a virtual learning environment. We have enhanced students' oral and written communication skills by using real work experiences, and developed teamwork activities within the context of the curriculum.
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Enrichment, Undergraduate Study, Lifelong Learning, Communication Skills, Job Skills, Independent Study, Virtual Classrooms, Experiential Learning, Teamwork, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia