How do students and educators in higher education talk about learning, learning difference, and 'intelligence'?
- Room G59, School of Education (Building R19)
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In the first of the 2017 Research In Progress Seminar Series (RIPS), speaker Dr Harriet Cameron, Senior Lecturer from Manchester Metropolitan University will give a talk on: How do students and educators in higher education talk about learning, learning difference, and 'intelligence'?
'I hear voices in everything' (Bakhtin, 1981)
During this seminar I will bring together the conclusions from a number of different research projects which explored the ideological strands or voices reproduced in conversations about learning, learning differences (like dyslexia), and 'intelligence'. Specifically, I will talk about how students with learning differences drew upon different discourses to construct dyslexia (or specific learning difficulties) and how they positioned themselves within the higher education landscape; and I will also talk about how university lecturers talked about constructs like 'ability', 'intelligence' and what makes a 'good' student, whilst also positioning themselves as 'good' within the hierarchical higher education system. A key focus in this seminar will be upon the contradictions and confusions we produced when talking about these subjects; and how these implicitly or explicitly reproduced particular ideological positions. With the group, I will then explore some of the implications for practice.