Reinvigorating student learning by embedding learning and teaching strategies that enhance identity development

2010 ALTC Teaching Fellow

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Professor Dawn Bennett

Fellowship years: 2010 - 2012

Abstract: This fellowship will reinvigorate learning among higher education students by embedding learning and teaching strategies that enhance identity development. The premise underpinning the fellowship is that students’ deep engagement with curricular content is directly affected by the perceived relevance of this learning to their future lives and careers. Thus, the development of students’ personal and professional identities — salient identities — is crucial to student success. The fellowship brings together an international cohort of academics, and extends an existing collaboration and strong research base. By incorporating case studies of graduate students, it addresses underexplored areas of transition; namely tertiary pathways from undergraduate study to graduate study, and from graduate study to professional life. The fellowship will: increase understanding of students’ identity development; refine tools and strategies; provide good practice exemplars for transferable implementation; create an international community of practice to promote sectoral engagement, heighten awareness and invite shared ownership; and engage experts to provide ongoing commentary and evaluation.

Fellowship discipline: Cross-disciplinary

Fellowship website: http://life.curtin.edu.au/careers/graduate-employability.htm