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Meanings under the microscope (Part 1)

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Edited by Shirley O'Neill and Patrick Alan Danaher

Published: Sep 2005
ISBN: 978-1-921729-71-3
Pages: 75 (PDF version)

Overview

Part 1 of a series of special issues on 'Meanings Under the Microscope' engages with issues entailed in university programs preparing graduates for careers as early childhood, primary and vocational educators and as members of defence forces. It canvasses the perspectives on pedagogies and learning held by researchers working in Australia, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Stacey et al investigates the measurement and manipulation of epistemological beliefs in early childhood education students and the utility of linking explicit reflection and experience in research pedagogy. The authors assert the utility of linking explicit reflection and experience in research pedagogy with a focus on developing sophisticated epistemological beliefs.

Ustick turns his attention to the strategies needed to enhance the development of deep learning and critical thinking. In doing so, he raises an issue that exercises the minds of most teacher education program designers: the complexities of maximising coherence within and across such programs. The article reports the diverse yet integrated ways in which four teacher education lecturers engaged with the lively and topical theme of 'Constructing the world, constructing meanings'.

Catherine H Arden, Patrick Alan Danaher and Mark A Tyler, use the third article to advocate a conceptually framed debate about some of the key issues involved in (re)designing a teacher education program for tradespeople and (para) professionals moving into teaching. They present a dialectic drawing on critical theory, criticality and the humanist tradition in education and informed by reflective and reflexive practice. This dialectic is used to engage with a number of fundamental questions about approaches to pedagogy - or andragogy - and learning that are likely to bring greatest benefit to the students and other stakeholders in the program.

Jowati binti Juhary focuses on certain pedagogical issues associated with the proposed introduction of e-learning provision to undergraduate cadets studying at the Military Academy of Malaysia. The article is a timely reminder that, like all forms of education, elearning is not necessarily a panacea and that its introduction must be preceded and accompanied by careful and serious weighing of options. Anwar and Iqbal propose a blend of concept maps and discovery learning to underpin teaching algebra of group theory. The study has relevance particularly to university teachers and administrators concerned with reducing attrition from courses of this type.

M Jamil Anwar and M Ashraf Iqbal give attention to the teaching of what many students regard as the difficult topic in algebra of group theory. The authors propose a blend of concept maps and discovery learning to underpin this teaching. The study has wider relevance, including to university teachers and administrators concerned with reducing attrition from courses of this type.

This inaugural issue of the International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning encapsulates and synthesises a rich diversity of strategies, issues, concepts and arguments about educational philosophy, policy and practice that range broadly across contexts, countries and sectors. It is important reading.

Table of Contents

Editors’ introduction to special theme issue: Meanings Under the Microscope (Part 1)
- Shirley O’Neill, Patrick Alan Danaher

Measuring and manipulating epistemological beliefs in early childhood education students
- Phillip Stacey, Joanne Brownlee, Karen Thorpe, Drew Reeves

‘Constructing the world, constructing meanings’: A case study of program coherence in integrating three Bachelor of Education first year courses to teach for deep learning and critical thinking
- Neill Ustick

Struggling for purchase?: What shape does a vocational education and training agenda take within a contemporary University education faculty?
- Catherine H Arden, Patrick Alan Danaher, Mark A Tyler

A step towards e-learning: some pedagogical issues
- Jowati binti Juhary

Learning and pedagogical problems in group theory
- M Jamil Anwar, M Ashraf Iqbal

Review of Chris Tyler (ed.), Traveller Education: Accounts of Good Practice, Trentham Books, Stoke on Trent, UK and Sterling, USA, 2005, ISBN 1 85856 308 9
- Phyllida Coombes, Patrick Alan Danaher, Emilio A Anteliz


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