Using dimensions of teaching practice to contextualise equity and transition: A case study in first-year Human Biology

Matthews, Kelly E., Moni, Roger W. and Moni, Karen B. (2010). Using dimensions of teaching practice to contextualise equity and transition: A case study in first-year Human Biology. In: Jason Thomas, Proceedings of the 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference. 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (1-10). 27-30 June 2010.

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Author Matthews, Kelly E.
Moni, Roger W.
Moni, Karen B.
Title of paper Using dimensions of teaching practice to contextualise equity and transition: A case study in first-year Human Biology
Conference name 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference
Conference location Adelaide, SA, Australia
Conference dates 27-30 June 2010
Convener Karen Nelson
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher QUT Publications
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781741072822
Editor Jason Thomas
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Academics need to better understand how managing equity issues can benefit their students. Easing transition for all students into the first year of university is best addressed though effective teaching and assessment practices of a discipline. In the content-heavy and empirically-focussed Biosciences, issues of student equity and transition are often not considered. Using an exemplary case study of a large, first year human biology course, we explore the interplay between disciplinary context, content, pedagogy and assessment through the lens of student equity and transition into university. The use of a discipline-specific model to align content, skills and assessment within this course is presented along with six dimensions of effective practice for addressing the needs of diverse learners. While we argue that equity and transition should be conceptualised at the discipline level, the six dimensions of practice are likely applicable to a broader range of first year courses.
Subjects E1
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword First year experience
Equity
Transition
Biology
Higher education
Student diversity
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Sat, 03 Jul 2010, 15:12:46 EST by Kelly Matthews on behalf of Teaching & Educational Development Institute