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Hood, Sean; Chapman, Elaine – Education Research and Perspectives, 2011
This paper describes a tutorial programme developed at the University of Western Australia (UWA) to enhance medical students' learning processes within problem-based learning contexts. The programme encourages students to use more effective learning approaches by scaffolding the development of effective problem-solving strategies, and by reducing…
Descriptors: Medical Students, Problem Based Learning, Psychiatry, Learning Processes
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Young, Jolee; Chapman, Elaine – Education Research and Perspectives, 2010
Significant efforts have now been made to identify the generic competencies required to succeed across different workplace contexts. The aims of this paper were to: (i) outline factors that contributed to the increased demand for generic competencies seen over the last three decades; and (ii) review the early generic competency frameworks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Competence, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills
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O'Donoghue, Tom; Chapman, Elaine – Education Research and Perspectives, 2010
The fundamental premise of this paper is that a broad rather than a narrow definition of "competency" should inform discussions on "competencies-based education". Also, while we see value in drawing on a broad definition when designing curricula, we hold that it is not sufficient on its own for such design if education is to be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Role of Education
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Yee, Lim Siew; Chapman, Elaine – Education Research and Perspectives, 2010
Numerous researchers have pointed to the potential benefits of providing students with a relevant historical context when introducing new mathematics concepts. This paper discusses the ways in which this approach may be applied to enhance student learning and attitudes in Singapore mathematics classrooms. While evidence on the efficacy of this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, History, Learning Activities
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Chapman, Elaine; O'Neill, Marnie – Education Research and Perspectives, 2010
In this paper, we discuss ongoing challenges in defining and assessing generic competencies in Australian universities. The paper begins with a discussion of factors that led to, and later fuelled, the focus on generic competencies in Australian higher education. Broad constructs that have underpinned research and practice in the field are then…
Descriptors: Competence, Job Skills, College Graduates, Employment Qualifications