Papers & Workshops



Learning Bursts: Creating Optimal Conditions for Learning

Mark Elliott
Australian Catholic University

Kerry Rush
Catholic Education, Brisbane, Australia

This paper will report on the work currently being undertaken by teachers in Catholic schools within the Brisbane Catholic Education sector. The focus of this paper addresses the great dilemma of teachers who, on a daily basis, juggle the "core content imperative" [knowledge, processes and skills] with the reality of diverse students in regular classrooms. This paper will build on the research concerns of major educational theorists: Csikszentmihalyi's Psychology of Flow, Gagne's Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent, The Attributes of Lifelong Learners and Rudnitski's Differentiated Curriculum. As one way of meeting this educational challenge a model of learning based on the transformation of student potential into substantive performance through "learning bursts" will be offered. This paper, while theoretical in construct, will offer practical classroom strategies for real teachers in real classrooms. This project forms a part of the educational consultancy and research work of both authors and the current doctoral research of Mark Elliott.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000