Making room for Gadamer: "promoting intellectual well-being in academic learning"

Jackson, Trina F., Mackay, Lynette M., Lim, Lai Kuan, and Hooper, Helen (2011) Making room for Gadamer: "promoting intellectual well-being in academic learning". International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6 (3). pp. 307-318.

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Student retention, particularly first year undergraduates, is a key concern in Australian universities as it has an implication on universities' financial health. This paper contends that the development of methodologies for communicative agendas that respect student diversity and create spaces for open-ended dialogue in the tradition of Gadamer's proposals is a worthwhile consideration in supporting first year student retention and engagement in university study. It discusses an online induction in core academic skills (iCAS) program for about 400 first year Education undergraduates in a university in regional Australia. Given the diversity in sociocultural and academic backgrounds of the student cohort, the expertise that contributed to iCAS crossed disciplinary and traditional boundaries, and it was this collaboration that enabled the design of an empathetic, inclusive and holistic support to the development of students' academic skills and the promotion of intellectual well-being in relation to their university endeavours. In addition, in this paper we ask how we might open spaces for more equitable communication wherein self-evaluative awareness is promoted for learners and educators equally. With the recognition that there is urgent need for the development of programs and strategies that embrace diverse learner cohorts and promote self-reliance, we look at the role of personal trust in learner-educator relationships in the development of first year university learners.

Item ID: 18976
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1833-1882
Keywords: pedagogical relationships, personal trust, communities, well-being, academic learning
Projects and Grants: Supporting First Year Students' Transition to University: An Online Induction in Core Academic Skills
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 05:54
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 100%
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