DEVELOPING REASONING IN STUDENTS OUTLINED AT TLO MEETING

DEVELOPING REASONING IN STUDENTS OUTLINED AT TLO MEETING

Professor Kriben Pillay and Dr Angela James of the College of Law and Management Studies’ Teaching and Learning Office (TLO) hosted a meeting for tutors, academic development officers and academic development councillors who work at the TLO.

A challenge placed before the audience by Professor Paul Hobden of the School of Education, was: Are we providing opportunities for developing reasoning in students?

Hobden’s presentation covered crucial issues such as:

* If we expect students to learn as we did five years ago without any changes to the curriculum and teaching and learning strategies, we need to ask the question: How are we preparing students for the 21st century?

* We know that what is happening in the industry presently will have changed somewhat by the time students graduate. So, what should our focus be when educating students – should it be on routine cognitive skills or the core 21st century skills for example, adaptability, self-management, and non- routine problem-solving skills?

 * If we expect students to reason then we need to plan for this in how we design our curricula, teach and assess them. It does mean that the action of every individual in student progress needs to be critiqued and constantly evaluated. 


author email : pillaykri@ukzn.ac.za