Learning Transitions in Higher Education

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-31
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Learning Transitions in Higher Education draws on a study of student transitions in higher education institutions to both unpack the concept of a transition and develop teaching and learning approaches to enable learners to progress their learning careers. Its focus is on issues which are now central to the concerns of higher education researchers and policy-makers; those of teaching, learning and assessment. Currently, these are not fully understood, with the result that inadequate and inappropriate models are used in research accounts and policy deliberations. This book theorises the practice of student learning transitions in real-life settings and as moments in their learning and assessment careers. It examines five aspects of transitions: identity transformations, literacy practices, transformational pedagogies, assessments for learning and feedback mechanisms. As a consequence the book provides an original perspective on teaching and learning in higher education in the context of the increased marketisation and global mobility of the sector.

Author Biography

David Scott is Professor of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. He has previously published Researching Education and Education, Epistemology and Critical Realism.
Gwyneth Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and former Director of Learning and Teaching at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. She has recently published Ipsative Assessment.
Carol Evans is Associate Professor at the University of Exeter, UK, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and President of the Education, Learning, Styles, Individual differences Network (ELSIN).
Penny Jane Burke is Professor of Education and Director of the Paulo Freire Institute-UK in the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) at the University of Sussex, UK. She has previously published The Right to Higher Education: Beyond Widening Participation.
Catherine Walter is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford, UK.
David Watson is Principal of Green Templeton College and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, UK. He has prviously published A Question of Morale and The Engaged University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Four Transitions
3. Transitions: Attributes, Essences and Distinctions
4. Learning Careers
5. Identities, Pathologies and Power Relations
6. Academic Literary Practices
7. Assessment Careers
8. Feed-forward and Feedback Strategies
9. Participatory and Transformative Learning Pedagogies
10. Pedagogies for Transitions
Annex One Methodologies and Research Approaches
Author Index
Subject Index

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