The Role of the Lecturer in the Learning Process: Towards a Learning-centred Approach

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The objective of the paper is to arrive at a possible learning-centred approach that views the learning process as a partnership between the student as the learner, and the lecturer as mediator and facilitator of the learning process. The theoretical framework of this paper is based on Killen's (2000, 2005) views of what is important about human learning, namely: people learn what is personally meaningful to them; people learn more when they accept challenging but achievable goals; learning is developmental; individuals learn differently; much learning occurs through social interaction; people need feedback to learn, but the feedback needs to be accurate, useful and timely; successful learning involves the use of strategies which themselves are learnt; a positive emotional climate strengthens learning; and learning is influenced by the total environment - physical, social and psychological. It is hope that this paper will contribute to a better and for some (renewed) understanding of the important role that academics fulfill in the learning process, and the responsibility that higher education institutions have towards all students that they admit into their respective degree programmes.


Keywords: Learning, Higher education, Lecturers, Students, Responsibility, Accountability, Successes, Failures
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Role of the Lecturer in the Learning Process, The


Dr. Venicia Flora McGhie

Lecturer, Academic Development Department
EMS Faculty, University of the Western Cape

Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa

I am passionate about student development and academic support, and work with first and second year students in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty (EMS) at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

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