"University learning"

Essay by helasUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, September 2007

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'University learning involves adults who have voluntarily enrolled to have their minds expanded, their views changed and their assumptions threatened'. Critically discuss this statement with reference to ideas in relevant SSK12 readings and lectures and your own experience of university.

In the following essay I will contend that an individual who has enrolled into an institution of higher education, and has done so willingly, expects to have their stance revolutionise their intellect intensified and their supposition transformed. I will outline the significant sections of, and discuss this statement with reference to my own experience, ideologies, beliefs and outlook towards education. In addition I will make reference to the relevant SSK12 reading and lectures including Critical Thinking Lecture by Dr. Liana Christensen and Student Stories with Mr. Colin Beasley to further reinforce my views.

Much like a well written children's book, my ideologies and beliefs towards university learning and the factor involved are largely based upon a mixture of fact and fiction.

SSK12 is the first of hopefully many subjects I will be undertaking at a university level, so I can only articulate from what I have learnt from conversation with others about university life, which has built up an image with minute detail in my mind and quite obviously the knowledge I have obtained in the past ten weeks of off-campus education. What I have learnt though, while undertaking this unit is that each and every student starts their university experience with a different point of view, with different ideas as to who they want to be in life and to why they are attending university. But at the end of the three or four years they spend as students of a university, they all for one reason or another leave with very different ideas as to why they are...