03 June 2013

Students reflecting on research-led teaching

Today I attended a colloquium organized by the ANU Centre for Teaching and Learning where some of the most interesting presentations were from students working as tutors and students trying to figure out how to be better discipline experts. One of the best of these presentations was from a student of mathematics who has been thinking and writing about "mathematical skills, thought processes and mind sets and how we could introduce these to students earlier in their education". This is a student who wants to understand not only the content of her chosen discipline, but also the epistemology of the discipline. She has come to understand that the more she knows about the discipline, the better she will be as a practitioner and a researcher in the discipline.

This one presentation alone was worth the trip ... But there was more!