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Engaging first year lecturers with threshold learning outcomes and concepts in their disciplines


Thomas, T and Wallace, J and Allen, PM and Clark, J and Cole, B and Jones, A and Lawrence, J and Burns, LS, Engaging first year lecturers with threshold learning outcomes and concepts in their disciplines, Proceedings of the International First Year In Higher Education Conference, 6-9 July 2014, Darwin, pp. 1-10. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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In this paper, we report on an investigation of what students need to learn in the first year in various discipline-based subjects to launch then on their way to meet specified discipline threshold learning outcomes (TLOs) by the time they graduate. We frame our investigation using both the threshold concepts that the students must master in first year in order to succeed in learning in the discipline and also the threshold learning outcomes that they need to achieve by third year. We describe and analyse workshops used to engage lecturers with the challenges of designing first year curriculum in their r discipline, suggest why threshold concepts are useful in focusing both lecturers and students on what is essential, and outline briefly some of the creative solutions the lecturers offered.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Allen, PM (Associate Professor Pamela Allen)
ID Code:99102
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-03-13
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