SEDA – the Staff and Educational Development Association for HE – is publishing online both on its website and on its blog one of Graham Gibbs’ ’53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About’ every week for a year, starting today, with the intention of prompting debate about the underlying basis of our work.
Idea 1 launched today is ‘Students are trying to get different things out of being at university’ which I might subtitle, ‘What motivates students to engage with their curriculum?’
Gibbs’ article ends with the warning that ‘… as students work their way through three years of a degree [they] may spend an ever smaller proportion of their time on anything other than formal course requirements and marked assignments, seemingly abandoning their own intrinsic interests. This is quite an indictment of higher education and the opposite of what teachers aspire to achieve.’ Understanding students’ orientations towards learning (and life) can help us to teach in a way that avoids this. To read the article and comment on and discuss the ideas, have a look at their blog or add comments to our ASPIRE blog here.