Engaging students through practice

Eley, Martin and James, Sara and Johal, Parminder and Midford, Sarah and Pather, Magas (2017) Engaging students through practice. In: New innovations in teaching and learning in higher education. The Learning In Higher Education Series . LIBRI Publishing, Oxfordshire, pp. 25-32. ISBN 978-1-911450-14-6

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The university sector has undergone significant transformation since the turn of the 21st century, which has resulted in changes to student access and the expansion of the sector internationally (Altbach, 2015:2). As more students enter the higher education sector it has been necessary to augment curricula to cater to students with greater academic skills needs and lower motivation levels, and to better direct our students within their discipline. In order to help address ever-increasing student drop-out rates, student expectations, employability and career development, universities have prioritised curriculum development that enhances student engagement (Altbach, 2013:21).
This section includes four case studies that employ innovative practices to engage a diverse student body. The case studies are from Australia, Britain and South Africa and at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and demonstrate that despite many differences, there are common challenges across continents, disciplines and levels but also shared solutions. Each chapter in this section presents a curriculum innovation that enhances interaction; encourages in-depth learning; connects students and their skills to the wider market; and/or develops confidence, aspiration and articulation. By identifying and addressing gaps in our students’ knowledge and skills, the authors have engaged students and improved their outcomes.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Management, HR and Enterprise
Depositing User: Dr Martin Eley
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 10:47
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 10:47
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5657

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