New Methods for focusing on Students’ Learning Process and Reflection in Higher Education
2003 (English)In: Proceedings of the 28th IUT (Improving University Teaching) Conference, 2003Conference paper (Refereed)
Among many studies about students’ use of portfolios much focus is on assessment and the need to document learning processes in distance education, both from a teacher perspective. This paper focuses more on students’ attitudes towards learning and learning process, why it is important, and it also introduces some methodology to support the students to bridge the responsibility gap that is experienced among new students at which students tend to neglect. Really shifting focus towards the learner, aside from proper methods and tools, is essential. We have implemented dialogue sheets as a method and tool for freshmen students, with the aim to create a positive atmosphere for peer learning where the focus is on the learning process. We encourage students to reflect upon why, what and how they learn to help them manage as life-long learners. The study has been performed at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) with the students at the Media technology program. The effect of the dialogue sheets is visible in students showing greater and better performance and participation in classes and in teamwork. Also an increased awareness and willingness to reflect is noted. The study made is important when understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the learner in relation to motivation and reflection. It can be useful when developing and implementing technological tools as support for reflection and learning process focus.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
learning process, dialogue method, reflection
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-26010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-26010DiVA: diva2:363714
the 28th IUT (Improving University Teaching) Conference. Växjö, Sweden, June 16-19, 2003.
QC 201011092010-11-092010-11-092010-11-09Bibliographically approved