Taking an experiential approach : learning how to teach academic research
Crawford, Steven (2008-03-30)
Jyväskylän ammattikorkeakoulu JAMK University of Applied Sciences
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This report describes how an introductory academic research course was developed over two years based on an experiential learning model proposed by David Kolb in 1984. Kolb’s model was also employed as a primary learning method for the students, which resulted in the students creating their own group and individual research project during the course year 2006; in 2007 the group project was dropped. This created a novel scenario in which both the teacher and the students were developing their respective practices in parallel under the same theoretical bases. The decision to focus on experiential learning methods emerged from the teacher’s own studies at the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences Teacher Education College. The project resulted in the creation of a course and a content delivery method that also linked the course to other aspects of the degree program where the course was taught. The project also produced a critical analysis of and discussion about the experiences of students when experiential learning methods are used for teaching an introductory course in academic research at the undergraduate level. The perspectives produced by the project may serve to inform other teachers who may be exploring the use of experiential learning methods in their own practice.