Tertiary teaching in New Zealand/Academic skills/What makes a great learner?/Participation
|Tertiary teaching in New Zealand|
|Unit 3: Academic skills|
|What makes a great learner?||Objectives | Participation | Taking charge of your own learning | The four Cs | Summary|
Adult learners are generally better at participation than younger learners. Although this is a generalisation, it is a common observation in tertiary education. Some observable indicators of participation and intrinsic motivation are that learners:
- Begin learning activities without resistance.
- Prefer challenging aspects of tasks.
- Spontaneously relate learning to outside interests.
- Ask questions to expand their understanding beyond the learning at hand.
- Go beyond required work.
- Find joy in the process of learning - the studying, writing, reading, etc.
- Are proud of their learning and its consequences
The classroom context can be challenging for some students, and challenging for the teacher to encourage active participation opportunities for everyone. Here is an interesting list of suggestions for stimulating classroom participation from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and an excellent article on encouraging participation in classroom discussions from a journal called "The Teaching Professor".