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Independent thinking: Cross-cultural possibilities

Crawford, F., Parkin, J., Slaney, K. and Taylor, P. (1997) Independent thinking: Cross-cultural possibilities. In: Teaching and Learning Forum 1997: Learning through teaching, February 1997, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A



This performative vignette represents a snapshot taken from a recent cross-disciplinary Action Research/Action Learning project at Curtin University of Technology. The cameo conveys the nature of our participation as staff, students and facilitator in addressing the development and enhancement of the FLOTE (first language other than English) students' communication skills in the context of their postgraduate studies. You will hear the multiple voices of the supervisors from Pharmacy, Social Work and Teacher Education, together with those of their respective PhD and Masters students, and that of the project facilitator.

We focus upon the elusive nature of the concept of independent thinking in advanced scholarship. This has necessitated that we become mindful of the students' 'totality', power relations and interpersonal communication within the supervisory process, and the necessity for reflective practice. In representing how the different stakeholders dialogued on these complex issues, we hope to convey some of the process and outcomes attached to this Action Research Project.

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