Developing students’ research and inquiry skills from year one: a research informed teaching project from the University of Sunderland

Stevenson, Chrissie and Goss, Joan (2011) Developing students’ research and inquiry skills from year one: a research informed teaching project from the University of Sunderland. Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 1 (1). pp. 1-26. ISSN 2044-3315

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Abstract

Foundation degrees developed and validated by Higher Education, (HE) institutions but delivered in Further Education College (FEC) partnerships often recruit mature students with a broad range of entry qualifications, equivalency and work experience. This article presents a research project from 2009-10, involving students and staff in three FECs on one foundation degree and considers how (HE) students' expectations can be addressed, their potential developed and gaps in their scholarship and research skills closed during early transition from further education (FE) to HE. Research methods included video and audio recording of students’ voices, pre and post questionnaires at either side of skills workshops and focus group interviews at the end of the project. The findings indicate a mis-match of students' expectations with the reality of HE study, misunderstandings of the language of academia and lack of awareness, skills and confidence in the use of journal articles and other academic resources to support their inquiries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Joan Goss
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 21:13
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6485

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