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Before studying in the humanities, what do students need?

Zemits, Birut I. and Hodson, Linda (2016). Before studying in the humanities, what do students need?<br />. International Journal of Lifelong Education,:1-15.

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Title Before studying in the humanities, what do students need?
Author Zemits, Birut I.
Hodson, Linda
Journal Name International Journal of Lifelong Education
Publication Date 2016-05-10
ISSN 0260-1370   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 1464-519X
Start Page 1
End Page 15
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research EDUCATION
1302 - Curriculum and Pedagogy
130202 - Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130205 - Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
Abstract What enables success for students studying in the humanities can be a contested space; dependent not only on the view taken on the content and purpose of specific subjects, but also on the nature of teaching and learning. This paper examines the process of redeveloping an elective unit in a Tertiary Enabling Programme to prepare students for study in undergraduate humanities areas. The research involved consulting with academics from different disciplines in a regional university and analysing their views on what enhances student success. These discussions are reviewed in light of literature on best practice in teaching and learning for foundation and first-year university students, particularly exploring Pierre Bourdieu’s notion of extending ‘cultural capital’ while expanding ‘habitus’ to emerge confidently into the field of academic life. We conclude that fostering students’ awareness of personal perspective on historical and contemporary events, alongside encouraging awareness of the constructed nature of meaning in particular events is central to developing the kind of thinking valued by lecturers in humanities subjects.
Keywords enabling
cultural capital
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Additional Notes Published online: 19 May 2016
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Created: Tue, 08 Nov 2016, 14:37:02 CST by Birut Zemits