Ms. Elke Van dermijnsbrugge
Lecturer / Programme Coordinator,The Education University of Hong Kong

Elke Van dermijnsbrugge is a Lecturer and Programme Coordinator of an International Baccalaureate (IB) accredited pre-service teacher training programme in the Department of International Education at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Before joining the university, she was an IB educator in international schools in Asia and Africa in the area of language acquisition and development. Her current research is related to international education, with a focus on curriculum theory and studies.

Abstract

Free Learning: Unlocking Student Potential in an Uncertain World?

International College Hong Kong (ICHK) and the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) will introduce ICHK’s innovative curriculum delivery approach “Free Learning”, the EdUHK research findings of this approach and how it can be implemented in different settings.

The presentation is centered around what Free Learning is, how it came to life and how it is perceived by students and teachers, focusing on the effect on the role of the teacher and students’ learning. The assumption is that this perspective on education provides a meaningful alternative to the current educational discourse that emphasizes high stakes testing and ranking.

During this presentation participants will:

The presentation is an example of a constructive and enriching collaboration between research and practice that can inspire other educators to reflect on how this researched innovative curriculum delivery approach could be applied in their context, also providing a strong theoretical underpinning. The session also aims to inspire the audience in looking at the purpose of education from a different perspective.

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