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Degrees of disciplinarity in equipping mature students in higher education for engagement and success in lifelong learning

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Toynton, Robert

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Abstract For the mature student, the recognition and validation of prior knowledge, much of which may be tacit, is central to both confidence and further learning. From a theoretical stance the use of interdisciplinary study or applying interdisciplinary approaches within monodisciplinary study should benefit the learning of the mature student. Such approaches also allow the learner to develop skills central to continued lifelong learning. The introduction of interdisciplinarity within part of an undergraduate programme at the University of Sheffield has been monitored over the last four years. The insights provided suggest that mature students may find this approach initially discomforting but this is outweighed by the learning and empowerment it provides. Interdisciplinarity has been equally challenging for the tutors, but their acknowledgement of learning through the process has been a positive outcome.
Free Keywords interdisciplinarity; lifelong learning; mature student; prior knowledge; tacit knowledge;
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 106-117
Journal Active Learning in Higher Education, 6 (2005) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)