Degrees of difficulty : an ecological account of learning in Australian higher education

Gale, Trevor 2002, Degrees of difficulty : an ecological account of learning in Australian higher education, Studies in higher education, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 65-78.

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Title Degrees of difficulty : an ecological account of learning in Australian higher education
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Journal name Studies in higher education
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 65
End page 78
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, U. K.
Publication date 2002-02
ISSN 1470-174X
0307-5079
Keyword(s) higher education
learning environments
teaching practices
Summary In this article, the difficulties some Australian university students experience in academic learning environments are explored. Particular attention is given to the experiences of students whose difficulties are often portrayed as intrinsic to them, and who are diagnosed as having learning disabilities or 'disorders'. In so doing, dominant neuro-psychological perspectives on students' learning 'problems' are challenged, broadening the discussion to include sociocultural explanations of students' difficulties. Research that foregrounds these students' own accounts of their problems is reported, identifying a number of tests of time, association and dissimulation that they experience in coming to terms with the particular institutional requirements of university life. At the very least, these explanations draw attention to the need for university teaching scholars to also be learners, and to consider their own practices in the construction of learning difficulties for their students.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Society for Research into Higher Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040848

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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