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Research and Development in Higher Education Vol. 26: Learning for an Unknown Future

July, 2003, 692 pages
Published by
Helen Mathews and Rod McKay
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This article argues that student-centred research culminating in student publications and presentations delivered in an authentic learning environment may be used to enhance the learning of biomedical science subjects, particularly those that are traditionally taught in formal lecture and tutorial style. The author discusses the pedagogical value of student presentations to peers, and professional and community groups for the teaching and learning of pharmacology within the School of Biomedical Science. The author asserts that the authentic-leaning project has created opportunities for science students to develop their overall ability to communicate and disseminate knowledge resulting in a statistically significant improvement in the standard of student literature reviews. Additional outcomes include better-informed, more confident students who have the ability to perform authentic, meaningful research and are equipped with important industry-related skills.

Keywords: authentic learning; student-centred learning; student presentations.