Who is in the centre?: Interaction patterns in traditional informal learning events in Kampung Pueh

Burkhardt, Jey Lingam * (2017) Who is in the centre?: Interaction patterns in traditional informal learning events in Kampung Pueh. In: Selected papers of the Bidayuh Language Development and Preservation Project 92003-2017). Dayak Bidayuh National Association, Kuching, Sarawak, pp. 183-206. ISBN 978-983-2981-14-5

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Since the emergence of learner-centred teaching, instructors are required to create learning environments that motivate students to accept responsibility for learning where learners actively participate in their learning process. It is assumed that the practice of peer correction and teamwork, where learners engage with each other in their learning process, are effective techniques. This paper describes interaction patterns among a group of preliterate women in a traditional learning environment. These patterns were observed on two selected spontaneous and uninitiated learning events, nyusup atap ‘making thatched roofs’ and nganyam katupat ‘weaving rice cake casings’, in which proficient/skilled women taught other women their skills. The grounded theory approach (Glaser and Strauss, 1967) was used to generate a “thick” description with keywords in order to provide an inductive method of discovering patterns. A few interesting learning interaction formations emerged, which elucidate the Salako women’s preference to learn from a proficient “teacher” rather than from peers. Some plausible interpretations for this observation are suggested. Finally, this paper concludes with implications for adult educators who employ the learner-centred approach in their classrooms.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: traditional learning styles; learner-centred teaching; peer correction; Borneo studie; Salako
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for English Language Studies > English for Specific Academic Purposes Unit
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 07:08
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 04:01
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/769

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