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The challenges of student-centred learning: from policy to practice

Sorensen, N (2016) 'The challenges of student-centred learning: from policy to practice.' The 10th International Silk Road Conference on EU Association Agreement: Perspectives and Challenges - Proceedings, 10. xi-xvi. ISSN 1512-2549

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Abstract

In order to facilitate student mobility there is a need to share common policies and practices; consequently initiatives such as the EU Association Agreement and the Bologna Guidelines provide an essential a common framework for graduate and postgraduate study. One of the fundamental principles of the EU Association Agreement is a commitment to student-centred learning. In this keynote speech I shall be discussing the challenges of developing student centred learning with particular reference to the professional development of academics. I identify what student centred learning means and explore the assumptions that lie behind this concept. I will then look at five areas which will universities need to address as they move from a teacher centred to a learner centred culture. These are 1) the relationships with the students, 2) the teaching environment, 3) pedagogy, 4) assessment and outcome-based learning and 5) the ways in which IT can support learning.

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The conference took place on 22-23 May 2015 at the International Black Sea University in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Keywords: student centred learning, continuing professional development, pedagogy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Institute for Education
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Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 15:26
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 15:14
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