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Maximizing Student Inclusion as an Expression of Person-Centered Education PROCEEDINGS

, , , University of Vienna, Austria

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Students’ lacking interest in courses, non-attendance in lectures, and consequent high drop-out rates are much too common phenomena in higher education. From a psychological perspective this is not too surprising, as long as the transfer of strictly pre-specified intellectual content remains central and students’ goals, needs, expectations, interests and feelings are vastly ignored. In this paper we first elaborate the importance of student inclusion from a person-centered perspective, based on the attitude of positive regard. As a consequence, we derive activities and reusable technology-enhanced learning scenarios that promote student inclusion. Students’ reactions and results from empirical studies in small courses are used to confirm the vital importance and added value of student inclusion in significant learning.

Citation

Motschnig-Pitrik, R., Derntl, M. & Kabicher, S. (2010). Maximizing Student Inclusion as an Expression of Person-Centered Education. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2010 (pp. 2829-2837). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).