Open Hearts and Open Minds: Creating a Supportive Accessible Learning Community

By Coral Cara.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This practice focus paper describes a model of practice which creates a supportive accessible learning community with time and space for authentic relationships which enhance teaching and learning opportunities for staff and students. Through the recognition of heart and empathy the relationship building enables and promotes the safe opening of minds; which provides benefits for all in that learning community.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Effective Teaching and Learning, Accessible Education, Opening Minds through the Heart, Learning Community, Preservice Teacher Education, Australia

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.79-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.352MB).

Coral Cara

Lecturer Academic, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Coral Cara has an extended multi-faceted career in education and is passionate about inclusive accessible education for all. She is an educator, consultant and lecturer across all sectors and levels. Coral is currently working with University preservice teachers using innovative effective teaching and learning strategies that are learner centred and inquiry based. Coral has worked extensively on creating inclusive multimodal teaching and learning that creates engagement, retention and improved outcomes for staff and students.

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