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ERIC Number: EJ865008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
What's inside the Suitcases? An Investigation into the Powerful Resources Students and Lecturers Bring to Teaching and Learning
Leibowitz, Brenda
Higher Education Research and Development, v28 n3 p261-274 Jun 2009
The study presents a framework for investigating the powerful resources within learners' educational biographies, which, from their own accounts, appear to influence their engagement with teaching and learning practices. The research framework stresses the material, social and cultural influences on a learner's biography and the need for recognition as well as the redistribution of resources. It assumes that both socio-cultural influences as well as individual, affective and agentic phenomena play a role in shaping a student's career. This framework is discussed in relation to a study undertaken at a South African university, at which 164 students, lecturers and academic support staff participated in semi-structured interviews. The main focus of the interview was the individual's educational biography as narrated by the individual. The findings support the socio-cultural perspective and show that the relationship between identity, identification and feeling "at home" with engagement in deep teaching and learning, is both complex and uneven. (Contains 1 table and 3 Models;notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa