Overview - University of Wollongong Teaching & Learning Journal

Abstract

The Learning Development Centre is an academic unit designed to provide support to both staff and students in learning related matters. We focus on the need for many students to make epistemological shifts: to change their approaches to learning and knowledge, if they are to achieve success in a tertiary learning environment. Students are taught to make shifts in learning, and therefore in thinking, from the descriptive to the evaluative, from a subjective understanding of knowledge to a critical understanding of knowledge as it exists in relation to other knowledge. They are taught to shift from thinking and learning in terms of pieces of atomistic knowledge to thinking and learning as elements of holistic knowledge in the context of a discipline. This shift provides the basis for the development of our teaching strategies.

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