Approaches to learning
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Real and imitation subjects In the preceding chapter, we saw how teachers in higher education expect their students to develop intellectual abilities that go beyond the possession of technical skills and subject knowledge. There is nothing remotely new about the concept of generalisable skills associated with specific knowledge. In all subject areas, the attributes involve combining and relating ideas so that students can use the knowledge effectively. Lecturers want their students to learn how to analyse what is unfamiliar to them, to assess proposed solutions to problems critically, to recognise the style and persuasiveness of concepts that describe the physical or social world, and to be able to apply ideas learned in formal classes to the world outside the classroom. They expect students to change their interpretations of the world in which they live through developing their understanding of the subjects they have studied.