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Higher education in community – collaborative higher education, an ethic and pedagogy of care and Ubuntu
Start: 22/09/2020, 12:45
End: 22/09/2020, 13:45
Contact:Juanita Layman - 021 808 3717
Location: MS Teams

​​​​​​​CTL Auxin Session:  Higher education in community – collaborative higher education, an ethic and pedagogy of care and Ubuntu
22 September 2020, 12:45 - 13:45

Please join us for the next Auxin session presented by Prof Geo Quinot:

In this presentation I want to focus on a collaborative paradigm of teaching and learning. I ask what the relationship is between the “YOU” and the “OUR” when we say: “YOUR teaching matters”. I want to argue that the “OUR” – the relational – is an inherent part of the individual statement “YOUR teaching matters”. I aim to link the individual teaching practice with a community of practice using a range of theoretical discourses such as social constructivism, collaborative learning/teaching theories, an ethics and a pedagogy of care and ultimately via the African value of Ubuntu, asking whether such a collaborative paradigm is perhaps more appropriate for a university with the vision of becoming “Africa’s leading research intensive university.” I ask whether such a collaborative paradigm is perhaps more appropriate in our context than a highly individualistic one that is typical of a traditional liberal conception of the university. In illustrating more collaborative approaches to learning, I want to conclude the presentation by briefly sharing some experiences from an experiment in one of my modules with particular emphasis of student feedback.​

Prof Geo Quinot:
Geo Quinot holds the degrees BA(Law) LLB (Stellenbosch) LLM (Virginia) MA (Free State) MPA (Birmingham) and LLD (Stellenbosch). He is a Professor in the Department of Public Law at Stellenbosch University, Founding Director of the multi-institutional African Procurement Law Unit and an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Quinot is a former Vice Dean of the SU Law Faculty and SU Teaching Fellow, national Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) fellow, recipient of a National Heltasa award for excellence in teaching and learning, and a SU Chancellor’s Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching & Learning. Apart from his focus on legal education, he is a leading scholar in administrative law and public procurement law and policy, specifically in the African context. He has published widely in these areas, including as author/co-author/editor of seven books. He regularly advises government on matters pertaining to public procurement law and policy.

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Prof Quinot recommends these readings on the topic:

Bitzer, E. (2001) ‘Understanding co-operative learning: a case study in tracing relationships to social constructivism and South African socio-educational thought’, SAJHE, 15(2), 98-104.  Available here.

Davidson, N., & Major, C. H. (2014). Boundary crossings: Cooperative learning, collaborative learning, and problem-based learning. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 25(3&4), 7-55.  Available here.

Noddings, N. (2012) The caring relation in teaching, Oxford Review of Education, 38:6, 771-781.  Available here.