Title

Heutagogy in Action: An Action Research Project in Art Education

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Arts

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

7-2021

Book

Unleashing the Power of Learner Agency

Embargo Period

8-31-2021

ANZSRC / FoR Code

3901 Curriculum and pedagogy

Avondale Research Centre

Centre for Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

This chapter describes the journey of a teacher (learning leader) and his students (learners) in applying some innovative approaches to enhance learning in a higher education setting. Based on the principles of heutagogy or self-determined learning, the learning leader used action research to implement and investigate some innovative learning experiences in a History of Art class in an Australian university. For both the learning leader and two groups of learners, this experiment in learner-centred learning was very successful because the delivery and receiving of required essential course material became less predictable, less prescribed. This created a sense of spontaneity and discovery of knowledge. Such engagement in the process makes for more meaningful learning and interaction between parties. The impact of implementing a heutagogical approach encouraged other lecturers to re-examine their teaching methods to re-structure some of their units of teaching.

Comments

Used by permission: the author.


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