Using Authentic Experiences in the Preparation of Tertiary Students for Practice

Presenter: Chris North
  • Date: Thursday, 23 July 2020 to Thursday, 23 July 2020
  • Time: 04:00PM to 05:00PM
  • Location: Community Engagement Hub | Te Pokapū Pāhekoheko Hapori Rehua 108, University of Canterbury, Ilam campus
  • Ticket: Free

Student passivity is considered a major barrier to learning about practice in tertiary settings. Some of this passivity is reinforced by practitioners who view course work done within universities as largely irrelevant for practical work.

Attending lectures, taking notes and being a ‘good’ student is inadequate preparation for practice. Moving students out of passive roles and into more realistic experiences of their future work requires an approach informed by authenticity. Authentic experiences seek to bring tertiary studies together with the complex demands placed on practitioners.

This presentation examines a range of authentic experiences which Dr North analysed in his teaching with his students including ‘think aloud’, modelling, case-based learning, and the teaching school students. Through this research Dr North came to better understand the strengths, but also the limitations of a focus on authenticity. The findings provide insights for those preparing students for practice in a range of disciplines.

This talk is based on Dr North’s recently released book Interrogating Authenticity in Outdoor Education Teacher Education,

About the speaker

Chris North is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Deputy Head of School, in the UC School of Health Sciences. His research areas of interest lie in the combination of environment, people and education. He uses practitioner research methods to improve teaching and learning.

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