The Role of the Lecturer in the Learning Process: Towards a Learning-centred Approach
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
Dr. Venicia Flora McGhie
Lecturer, Academic Development Department