Perspectives on learning through inquiry
31 August 2011
An exploration of Australian academics' perspectives on learning through inquiry: their conceptions and approaches to design
The presentation will focus on the analysis of responses to an open-ended email survey (N=224) that investigates Australian academics' perspectives on learning through inquiry. The study is part of the ARC Discovery project 'Learning through inquiry in higher education' (Goodyear & Ellis, 2009-2011). The aim of the research is to map the qualitative variation in university teachers' conceptions of learning through inquiry and in their approaches to designing learning activities that they describe as involving learning through inquiry. This research also explores patterns of relationships between these conceptions and the specific strategies and intentions used when designing for learning through inquiry (i.e., the approaches to design). Several implications of these findings for educational practice are outlined.
Ana-Maria Bliuc is a Research Fellow who has been working since 2006 on several ARC projects with Robert Ellis (Sydney eLearning) and Peter Goodyear (CoCo). She has a PhD in Psychology awarded in 2004 from the Australian National University. Her current research interests range from exploring learning through inquiry (from students' and teachers' perspectives) and blended learning in higher education to applications of social psychology in education (i.e., the role of students' social identities in learning).
Time: 11am - Please join us from 10:45am for coffee and nibbles
Location: Rm 230, Education Bldg. (A35)