How can student-staff partnership in curriculum design impact upon learning experience and engagement?

While the concept of embedding the student voice into the student learning experience is well established, in many Higher Education Institutions this is limited to hearing students’ opinions for the purpose of improving teaching and assessment. Recent research has also established that hearing the student voice work did not bring about the changes expressed by […]

Whose benefit is it anyway? Dispelling the deficit model of non-traditional learners in higher education using focus groups

Although it is a commonly held view that Foundation Year students lack the confidence and the academic skills usually held by ‘typical’ university learners (Ford and Grantham, 2003; Marshal, 2016), anecdotal evidence would contradict this deficit view. Many Foundation Year students have held challenging jobs or positions of responsibility prior to joining the course or […]

Learning about ‘Life’ or valuing ‘Life’?

This paper focuses upon the education of future care professionals. The current ‘standard-approach’ to teaching practice entails that educational success is assessed following the paradigm of methodological behaviourism. Our aim was to explore as to whether this approach, with its content-orientated learning assessments may be prone to ignore the values held by the students and […]

The complexity of in-class debates in Higher Education: student perspectives on differing designs

This paper investigates students’ perspectives on the use of differing debate designs in Higher Education. Literature tells us that the use of debates provides students with a mastery of content and the development of skills such as critical thinking (Brown, 2015; Zare and Othman, 2013). However, the designs of these debates are diverse and they […]

“Setting Fire to the Rain”: A reflection on the influence of Paulo Freire’s philosophy on seminar leadership in Higher Education

During the last decade, the university ‘seminar’ has become recognised as an important part of the student experience. This paper aims to present a reflection on the influence of Paulo Freire’s philosophy on, and its relevance to, seminar leading in higher education. It will be argued in this paper that seminar leaders must reject rote […]

A study of final Year Education Studies Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Blended Learning within a Higher Education course

This paper reports on a study of final Year Education Studies Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Blended Learning within a Higher Education course. Blended learning uses a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching which has the potential to meet the diverse learning needs of students. An online questionnaire, incorporating closed and open questions, was used to […]