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Abstract Title: Locus of Authority in Learning, Teaching, and Research.
Abstract: From prior research we know that the majority of college freshmen view knowledge as an object, emanating from an external authority such as a professor or a textbook. By the time graduate students complete their degree they are expected to have shifted from recipients of knowledge to creators of knowledge. To distinguish these two different scenarios, we will introduce the idea of "locus of authority." If students are to view knowledge as constructed by themselves rather than an object received from an authority figure, they need to start viewing themselves as an authority. Thus the locus needs to shift from external sources to within themselves. We will discuss the theoretical implications of this idea for the activities of learning, teaching, and research. Here, we will apply the locus of authority idea to examine how graduate students face the difficult task of being both student and teacher at the same time.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Yuhfen Lin
Western Michingan University
203 Buena Vista Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
and Co-Presenter(s)
David T. Brookes