Developing a Model of Student-Centred Teaching which Enhances Active Engagement

By Julie Gerstman, Kay Salehi and Antonio Lobo.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study sets out to explore a change in curricula in response to an observed decline in student engagement. It traces the steps of the first author who observed increased diversity of student backgrounds, larger classes and declining engagement in her tertiary classes. The action learning methodology provided a sequence for introducing student-centred learning, assessing the changes based on the feed-back and reflection on ones own practice, refining the intervention and re-trialling it. This paper reviews literature that discusses the rationale for introducing more student-centred classes as an effective strategy for engaging students from a variety of backgrounds. It highlights ways to facilitate student learning and the implication for the role of the teacher and students and provides examples of how this approach might be incorporated into a curriculum and reports on preliminary outcomes.

Keywords: Peer Assisted Learning, Facilitation, Student-Centred Teaching, Active Engagement

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp.13-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1013.018KB).

Julie Gerstman

Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Julie Gerstman is a lecturer in economics and finance, and is currently actively involved in innovating teaching practice. She teaches macroeconomics, economics, and international finance. Her research is both in the educational discipline, and in finance and economics. She has recently received a faculty award for Excellence in Teaching. She has also been on exchange to Oxford Brookes in the UK.

Kay Salehi

Academic Development Advisor, FBE, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kay Salehi works in academic development. Her research interests include: academic development, student engagement, internationalise the curriculum and working with educational technologies, and particularly how best to facilitate and support academic staff in adapting teaching practices to meet the diversity of learners in the contemporary higher education context.

Dr. Antonio Lobo

Associate Professor, FBE, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Antonio Lobo is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Faculty of Business & Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He has, for several years, taught various marketing-related subjects to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also supervises PhD students.


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