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Learning Principles

Our faculty is guided in their teaching by our Learning Principles.

OUR COMMUNITY HAS A SHARED UNDERSTANDING OF QUALITY LEARNING.

Everyone in our community learns. We define learning as a process of making meaning through inquiry, thinking, experiences, feedback and reflection.

Students' perceptions about intelligence and ability affect their learning.

Students with a growth mindset focus on learning goals, are more willing to take on challenges, and rebound more easily from feedback and failures.

Learning is social.

Emotional well-being influences educational performance, learning and development. Students will be more motivated and successful when they feel safe, supported and believe that they belong.

Learning is personal.

Students learn new ideas by referencing ideas they already know. Learning is personalized by providing appropriate challenge and choice, for different interests. Student creativity can be fostered.

Learning happens best and endures for longer when ‘in context’.

Learning is more engaging when students inquire into relevant, authentic local and global issues and problems.

Practice and application are fundamental for acquiring long-term knowledge and skill.

The transfer of information from short-term to long-term memory is an effortful process, accomplished through different strategies. Effective practice and application involves attention, rehearsal and meaningful repetition.

Learning depends on effective communication.

Recall and recognition is enhanced by presenting information in both visual and verbal forms. Expression of understanding depends on effective development of verbal and written language skills.

Students need feedback.

Student learning improves with specific, explanatory and timely feedback from regular formative and summative assessments.

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