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Applied Learning Educators Searching for a Pedagogical Model

Applied Learning Educators Searching for a Pedagogical Model
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Author(s): Christine Schulz (Deakin University, Australia)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 27
Source title: Handbook of Research on Applied Learning Theory and Design in Modern Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Elena A. Railean (European University of Moldova, Moldova), Gabriela Walker (University of South Dakota, USA), Atilla El├ži (Aksaray University, Turkey) and Liz Jackson (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9634-1.ch030

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Abstract

Australia, like many nations across the globe, has a focus on engaging young people in the post compulsory years of school to ensure their transition into further education, training and /or the workforce. Applied Learning programs which are based on the premise of active, transformative learning from authentic experience have emerged as valuable tools in assisting the transition of young people. Understanding of Applied Learning however, not only varies between nations but also disciplines, context, education settings and curricula. Using a lens of boundary crossing, this chapter draws on research data to provide an account of challenges educators face in an Australian program where there appears little guidance for educators on constructing an Applied Learning pedagogical model for individual practice. From consideration of data and educational theory an Applied Learning pedagogical framework is proposed as a guide for educators in developing Applied Learning programs.

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