Regional academics' perceptions of the love of learning and its importance for their students

Joy Penman, Bronwyn Ellis

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Whatever the course, mode of delivery or type of institution, most characteristics of good teaching remain the same. The teacher's ability to convey personal enthusiasm for learning is crucial in arousing and sustaining students' interest and curiosity in their discipline and beyond. This love of learning can be liberating and empowering as the students discover and construct their own knowledge. However, there is limited research addressing the development of a love of learning in the Australian context. This article draws on a small study - a survey of regional campus academics' perceptions of the love of learning and its importance, and how they sought to foster its development in their students. The interviewed academics affrmed the importance of a love of learning, but had varied ideas concerning what this meant and how to inspire it in students. A range of approaches to developing this quality is suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-168
Number of pages21
JournalAustralian Journal of Adult Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

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