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Spoon Feeding Leads to Regurgitation: a better diet can result in more digestible learning outcomes

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McKay, J and Kember, D, Spoon Feeding Leads to Regurgitation: a better diet can result in more digestible learning outcomes, Higher Education Research and Development, 16, (1) pp. 55-67. ISSN 0729-4360 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0729436970160105

Abstract

It is common to hear teachers claim that their students expect to be spoon fed and are only capable of regurgitating information they have been fed. Their curricula reflect this belief and the outcome is a self-fulfilling prophecy葉he students dutifully regurgitate to the best of their ability to fulfill assessment requirements. We present a case study of a course based upon this belief, but provide evidence to show that the assumption was not true at all. When an alternative curriculum stressing independent learning and student-centred approaches was developed, the students were not only capable of more meaningful learning approaches, they actually preferred them容ven if they did at times work harder. We discuss the aspects of course design which contributed to encouraging students to use a deep approach to learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Learning Sciences
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning Processes
UTAS Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:130154
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-01-14
Last Modified:2019-01-14
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