Learning Under Construction: Students’ Perceptions of Constructivist Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Masters Level

Crichton, H. and Patrick, F. (2016) Learning Under Construction: Students’ Perceptions of Constructivist Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Masters Level. ECER 2016, Dublin, Ireland, 22-26 Aug 2016. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Learner perceptions of using constructivist approaches to teaching, learning and assessment were explored in this case study of an M-Level course. Questionnaire and interview data was analysed using thematic analysis to identify key aspects of learners' experiences: in particular to explore how, if at all, learners constructed knowledge during the course. Few participants had prior experience of studying in HE using constructivist learning and some noted the initial 'shock' of being asked to learn in this way. All noted the course as a positive experience, but the aspects of learning they constructed rested less on the content of student presentations and discussions, and more on the following social and affective dimensions: raised confidence, positive intercultural communication and learning about other cultures, the importance of hearing other views to help them to think differently, and enhanced agency and autonomy.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Crichton, Dr Hazel and Patrick, Dr Fiona
Authors: Crichton, H., and Patrick, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
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