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ERIC Number: EJ952251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Experiment in Method
Wilson, J. L. J.
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v50 n3 p597-608 Nov 2010
A one week's school for training in the work of Co-operatives for Aborigines was held at "Tranby" by the Australian Board of Missions in February this year, organized by the Rev. Alfred Clint. It was the third successive year in which such a school was held. As in former years it consisted of two courses for two groups--one for aborigines, the other for European teachers, administrators and missionaries working in aboriginal settlements. The main part of the course dealt with the principles and practices of native Co-ops and experiences with them in the Pacific, Australia and elsewhere. The author had been asked to give one lecture to the European group in 1960, on "modern techniques in adult education", and feeling this was quite inappropriate, had applied the method described in this article to an aspect of their work. This had resulted in her being asked to take three sessions and try the same method with the aborigine group at the school, as well as one session with the Europeans. This article consists of a report on these sessions, together with some reflections and questions on the relevance of the method to other aspects of educators' work, in particular to that of the ordinary lecture-discussion session. The method used in the sessions reported on is not new. Americans have been using it for years. Its application in this instance arose from experience in a "tutors' workshop" in 1959-60, and subsequent experiments by other tutors in two short courses and with some groups.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lecture Method, Adult Education, Indigenous Populations, Cultural Relevance, Whites, Professional Development, Teachers, Administrators, Teaching Methods, Workshops, Cooperative Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia