The UKZN Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO) hosted it's annual dinner at which UKZN's Distinguished Teachers (DTAs) are honoured. At this function IFRS Rookies was honoured as recipient/s of the CHE/HELTASA Teaching Excellence award and invited as guests of honour and keynote speakers.
Societal pressures to redress past imbalances, increase student throughput rates, and ensure students finish within the minimum time because of the significant cost of higher education, has led faculty and policymakers to search for innovative ways to improve student outcomes. Traditionally, solutions have focused on instructors as human capital and increasing their qualification levels. However, research suggests that such policies result in marginal changes in student outcomes. It has been suggested that focusing on teachers as social capital, may be far more effective at improving student outcomes. What happens when you combine human and social capital? What if teachers are good at their jobs and also talk to one another frankly and on a regular basis about what they do in class and engage with each other and the students in the class? If human capital is strong, individual teachers should have the knowledge and skills to do a good job in their own classrooms. But if social capital is also strong, teachers can continually learn from their conversations with one another and become even better at what they do. In this presentation we will share our thoughts on the above and how we are responding in our teaching and learning.
Stephen & Astrid