Papers & Workshops



Professional Reading Circles: Towards a Collaborative Model for Lifelong Learning


Maryann Brown
Assoc. Prof. Dr Helen Hayes

School of Education, University of Ballarat, Australia

In tertiary education there is much discussion about the best ways to encourage genuine participation in learning, shifting the focus from teaching to learning and developing in students what is needed to become 'lifelong learners'. This paper explores how one model of reading in a group has promoted learning in a pre-service secondary teacher education course. The research team hoped that the experience of professional reading circles would provide beginning teachers with some insights into reflective practice and a model which supported keeping abreast of contemporary educational issues in a collaborative environment. The research team, of staff and students from the Graduate Diploma of Education course at the University of Ballarat, was interested in exploring how far this model provided a situation of learning which was owned and controlled by participants and whether collaborative learning was encouraged and the learners were empowered. The paper will explore students' perceptions of the model and describe subsequent implementation of the model in different units.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000