The shift to the Learning Paradigm and the call for more research-based education have
opened exciting new possibilities for higher education. Unfortunately, while the
Learning Paradigm has been applied to the whole of higher education, the focus on
research has been primarily as an activity on the side, or suitable only for a subset of
university students. We argue that especially with the advent of the world wide web,
more ubiquitous access to the raw material of scholarship can now be readily available
to all students. What is needed is an approach that organizes the entire curriculum
around the mindset of a scholar and, just as importantly, incorporates an understanding
of where traditionally-aged university students are developmentally.
In this keynote, Dr Hodge lays out the rationale for the ‘student as scholar’ mindset,
describes the impact of technological advances on the possibilities for original research,
relates the ‘student as scholar’ to the core philosophy of a liberal arts and sciences
approach, describes the developmental stages of university students as they relate to
the students’ research potential, and then demonstrates how individual courses and a
curriculum can be constructed with this perspective.