Developing student agency in the adult learning classroom
Student agency involves learning through meaningful activities with increased relevance to learners. Fostering student agency allows students to take more control of their learning by giving them ‘voice’ and ‘choice’ in how they learn and how they are assessed.
This presentation will consider different ways that student agency can be developed in the adult learning classroom using discussion and the sharing of experiences. Participants will be introduced to the concept of student agency first through an agency building activity. They will then explore the evidence base of the concept and discuss ways that they can bring the theory into their classroom by adapting their teaching methods. Recent literature and research will be discussed during this session.
Liam Frost-Camilleri is a Lecturer in the school of Education at Federation University Australia. He works as the assistant Program Coordinator for the university’s Master of Teaching (Secondary) program and in the Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program. Early in his research career, Liam has begun working with his colleagues to research in the field of adult learning and pedagogy.
Liam has worked as a secondary school teacher (both private and public), primary school teacher, TAFE instructor and in higher education for over 15 years. He has completed his Masters of Education, focusing on Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning teachers in the VET sector and how they navigate the literacy and numeracy demands of their students. He has begun his PhD journey focusing on adults and their ‘readiness to learn’ for second chance education centres.
Liam has contributed to Fine Print and other journals as well as presented at various conferences across Australia and New Zealand.