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Week 7, Ed Foundations, 2012
Humanist approaches to learning and teaching-2.pptx
Task of the week
Complete one of the tasks below. You may choose one that is more aligned with your thinking in Assignment 2.
1) A case study: Dayna's story.
The case study is presented in this week's lecture. A copy of it is also loaded on Moodle. Respond to the question, 'What would be the most helpful thing that the school and the science teacher could do for Dayna?'
2) A Job interview question
You are at an interview for a job at a school with a large number of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The principal asks, ‘At our school, some of our students live in troubled and sometimes abusive family environments, some others are from refugee or new immigrant families with financial difficulties. Considering the problems these students experience in their lives, how will you engage them in their studies of English / maths / science / music / PE / ...?’
3) What does passionate teaching look like?
Right from the start of this course, we have often identified passion as a characteristic of effective and inspiring teachers. But what does passion in teaching look like? In her oral last Friday, Muriel asked the questions, (I can't remember you exact words and hope you don't mind me quoting you here, Muriel) 'What is passionate teachin?'. 'In teaching French, is jumping up and down, at times speaking with a shaky voice, and raving about France and her cheeses enough?'
In relation to our thinking here, watch a videoclip from Teachers' TV Australia and respond to the question, 'What does passionate teaching involve exactly in classroom practice?'.
Note: The website does not permit downloading or embedding the videoclip. To watch the video, visit
; then go to 'Browse Library', click on 'Secondary' and then 'English'. The videoclip is entitled, 'Inspirations: a lesson from the best'
You will also need to register with the website to be able to play the video but with the rich video resources on the site, I think it'll be worth it.
4) Learning theories: summary and comparison
By this week, we will have covered behaviourist, cognitivist and humanist theories of learning and their implications for education. Briefly summarise the theories, principles and assumptions. Compare their implications for teaching.
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