Learning to Foster Builders of Knowledge Economy
The knowledge building attributes of business graduates are developed through fostering a culture of learner-centred learning. The curriculum is designed and delivered by integrating pedagogical and organisational learning theories.
||Knowledge Era / Economy / Society, Graduate Attributes, Learner-Centred Learning, Contribution Oriented Pedagogy
International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp.223-234.
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Maria Avdjieva teaches business management courses for the University of Auckland Business School’s newest degree - Bachelor of Business and Information Management (BBIM). This unique integrated double major was launched in 2001 in response to growing demand for graduates who are poised to build a knowledge economy through integrating business and information management competencies. A Bulgarian by birth, Maria’s professional background includes varied teaching and consulting experience in Bulgaria, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. Over the past 25 years she has taught engineering and business courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Maria’s academic research interests include the impact of culture on the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. She creates productive learner centred learning environments by designing and delivering curricula based on the integration of ecological educational models and organisational learning theories. Through action research, she continuously refines her innovative strategies for fostering a culture of collaborative lifelong learning. In 2005, Maria won the University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award: Innovation in Teaching.
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