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The Australian National University’s Dr Yuko Kinoshita was presented with a Teaching Excellence Award for the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education. This honour recognises deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education at ANU.
As an educator of Japanese language and Linguistics, here in the School of Culture, History and Language, Dr Kinoshita developed her educational expertise from lecturing, vision-making and program coordination at the University of Canberra. She further developed her teaching practice through convening and teaching various linguistics courses in CAP and CASS at the ANU.
“My teaching style is built on frequent questions to students. This is not just to create interaction, but to provide ample scaffolding questions and to guide their thinking processes.”
Dr Kinoshita’s attributes her approach to three features, “vision driven, reflective, and enhancing student engagement” and aspires to transform university language and linguistics teaching as “a platform for intellectual and emotional development that brings life-long benefits to individual students and, ultimately, to society”.
Yuko further explains,
“These greater goals have been my guiding principles in all aspects of my educational activities. Students experience logical development of ideas by addressing each question in order, developing a pathway for this thinking style.
For engaging students, I have two key strategies: giving relevance to their learning, and providing an emotionally safe environment. I explicitly communicate the bigger picture in lectures and tutorials, to link the classroom learning to the outside world. In creating emotionally safe learning environments, my own experience as an international student with poor English has been invaluable. How I felt back then, what was difficult, and what helped, has informed me, and spurred me to seek the experiences of learners so I can provide a better educational environment to a wide range of students.”
The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education is presented once a year to celebrate the university’s finest educators.
For further information about this award and Dr Yuko Kinoshita’s full interview, please visit: RECOGNISING EXCELLENCE VICE-CHANCELLOR’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION 2019 (PDF, 1.14MB)