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Teaching and Learning

The Teacher

The Teacher

The Teacher is one element of the Inclusive Curricula & Teaching model developed by SCU, based on the literature and insights from students and staff. The Teacher is located within the second key enabler identified by the research for student success within the teaching context: Empowering Delivery.

The behaviours and attitudes of teaching staff, and their relationships with their students, greatly impact on student success. An empowering teacher acts as a model, motivates students, gives them the confidence to try and try again, and develops their competency.

Key ways to be an empowering teacher

Based on the literature, here are some key ways to be an empowering teacher. Click on the PDF resources below to find out more.

Information sheets:

PDF Be a good academic role model and mentor

PDF Empower students to take responsibility for their own success

Challenges for the Teacher in Delivery

In early 2014, SCU staff were asked about what challenges inclusivity held for them in their face-to-face and online interactions with students. Three key areas of challenge arose:

  • dealing with different levels of student confidence and feelings of adequacy or inadequacy about the challenges of study
  • addressing the various levels of motivation that exist in the learning environment, and
  • concerns about students' abilities to transfer skills and knowledge.

See the students' thoughts on the teacher characteristics which they felt help their learning. The postcard details have been taken from the survey comments as expressed by the students.


Funding for the Inclusive Curricula and Teaching Project (2013 - 2014) was provided by the Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP).