The next Teaching and Learning Conversation (TLC) is on Tuesday 2 April at 12:00 – 13:00 (60 minutes) with Dr Helen Webster, Head of the Writing Development Centre, Newcastle University.
This month’s TLC is titled ‘Working One to One: Authentically Student-centred Learning Development’. Learning Developers, Personal Tutors, Peer Mentors, Dyslexia Tutors, Librarians… Many of us work one to one with students to help them reflect on their learning and develop their academic literacies and wider study skills. Such work often aims to be person-centred, and Learning Development and allied professions are strongly rooted in common values of working in partnership with students through inclusive, emancipatory practice, values that are student-centred and aspirational rather than remedial or deficit. However, in the wider dominant teaching culture of our HE institutions, we are often placed in an implicitly hierarchical relationship with students, “giving advice and guidance”, at odds with these values. This session explores an alternative. It asks how the profession of Clinical Psychology, a branch of mental health practice, has also sought to move away from this ‘doctor knows best’ approach using the core skill of Formulation, and whether it could be adapted for Learning Development one to one practice. With a focus on equality, person-centred practice and co-created meaning, it is well aligned to Learning Development values.
Full details of this free and open TLC, and joining instructions, are available on the TLC website at: https://tlcwebinars.wordpress.com