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Bhutan: Ways of Learning and Teaching

ByFrank RennieKeith Smyth

Bhutan is a small country with an ancient cultural tradition that is rapidly, but selectively, adopting newer ways of working. In 2003 the first university was established, based upon a network of colleges throughout the country. Soon after that, the Royal University of Bhutan and the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, began a working relationship. This book is a collection of chapters about some of the action research projects that have emerged from that relationship, as successive joint initiatives in education have been explored in order to continuously improve the learning and teaching opportunities for staff and students. These projects are part of an ongoing initiative to embed research and action on educational activities at the Royal University of Bhutan. (Contents: Preface - Yangka; Perspectives on Higher Education in Bhutan - Frank Rennie; Benchmarking and developing educational research: From establishing shared understanding to enhancing practice - Keith Smyth; Establishing collaborative ways of mentoring: Digitally enabled and transnational approaches within distributed universities - Alexandra Walker; Centre for University Learning and Teaching and seven principles of good practices - Sonam Tobgay; The impact of class participation on the performance of students - Passang Lhamo and Monika Pradhan; Motivating students to read instructional materials - Tshewang Tobgay and Karma Dorji; The maintenance of a reflective journal as a tool for the active engagement of students: A case study - Thinley Namgyel; Encouraging classroom participation: The effectiveness of students’ preferred styles - Khem P. Gautam and Kinga Wangpo; Enhancing programming skills by conducting competitive workshops - Ugyen Choden; Selective questioning leading to selective learning in students: An action research study with undergraduate engineering students - Kamal K. Chapagai; Enhancing the academic writing skills of Bachelor of Education Arts students: An action research project at Samtse College of Education - Choeda, Thinley Wangchuk, and Tashi Gyeltsen; How to reduce plagiarism in the student’s assignment: An action research study of Language and Culture Studies - Sangay Phuntsho and Choni Tshewang; Improving performance on mathematics class tests through remedial classes - Lobzang Dorji and Ngawang Namgy; Concluding remarks - Gareth Davies)


Publication Date
Dec 16, 2020
Education & Language
Creative Commons NonCommercial, ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)
Editor-in-chief: Frank Rennie, Associate editor: Keith Smyth, Associate editor: Scott Connor, Technical editor: Carolin Radtke



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