Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. John Willison
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  3. John Willison
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  4. John Willison
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 137-140

About this book


This book provides a practical philosophy for promoting students' sophisticated thinking from Early Childhood to PhD in ways that explicitly interconnect across the years of education. It will help teachers, academics and the broader learning and teaching community to understand and implement these connections by introducing a conceptual framework, the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT). By covering the nature, philosophy, practice and implications of MELT for teachers and students alike, the book will help teachers to facilitate students’ awareness of, and increasing responsibility for, the thinking demanded by subject and discipline-specific learning as well as interdisciplinary learning, whether face to face, online or in blended modes. The book will also provide educators with ways to effectively engage with complex, and sometimes conflicting, contemporary educational concepts, and with a diverse variety of colleagues involved in the learning and teaching enterprise.

The book provides guidance that allows curriculum improvement, teacher action research and larger-scale research to be reported on from a common perspective, bridging the gap between those readers focused on research and those focused on teaching. The book shares valuable insights and ways of addressing the contemporary issue of discipline-based learning versus transdisciplinary learning, reducing the dichotomy and enabling the two approaches to complement each other.

This is an Open Access book.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

Dr John Willison is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, School of Education and a National Senior Teaching Fellow. From 2004 to 2014, he coordinated a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education for academics from all disciplines. Currently he coordinates Initial Teacher Education courses and is Program Director of the Bachelor of Teaching (Middle Years). His PhD (2000) focused on the scientific literacy of Year 8 students who were engaged in laboratory experiments, and from that work’s fusion of competing epistemologies (positivism, personal constructivism, social constructivism), he formed the underlying theory for the practice-oriented Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT) approach.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching
  • Book Subtitle Connecting Sophisticated Thinking from Early Childhood to PhD
  • Authors John Willison
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-2682-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-2683-1
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 140
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Philosophy
    Teaching and Teacher Education
    Learning & Instruction
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