Search results for: Higher education
Page 5/15 142 items
This article describes an innovative teaching approach that uses a fund-raising activity as a method of acquiring social entrepreneurship (SE) skills and knowledge. The programme involved students working with different stakeholders in an interactive learning environment to generate real revenue for social enterprises. The three main areas of contribution made in this study are: (1) to provide an insight into how SE education can be delivered more effectively through the use of real world projects; (2) enhance the understanding of the nature and use of a collaborative learning approach within higher education; and (3) provide a model on which university lecturers can build to help students develop the required skills and competences of a social entrepreneur.
Updated: May. 18, 2016
This article reports the main findings of the Work of Teacher Education project that studied the labour of 13 higher education-based teacher educators in England and Scotland over the course of a year. The article concludes by arguing that a new conceptualisation of the work of teacher educators as academic work is essential for the discipline and higher education institutions as a whole.
Updated: May. 04, 2016
An Investigation into Higher Education Student and Lecturer Views on Research Publication and their Interest in the Production of a College Partnership Science Journal
The main purpose of this research was to investigate students’ views of using published research and their attitudes towards the research activities of their lecturers. A secondary aim was to examine the feasibility of developing a journal for the college partnership which would enable staff and students to submit manuscripts. Lecturers and students showed strong support for the proposal. Students indicated that lecturers who had published would be seen as more credible and would link their research activity to the learning experience more effectively. Students believed that the possibility of publishing their work in such a journal would be a wonderful opportunity which would make them work harder.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
Helping the Marginalised or Supporting the Elite? Affirmative Action as a Tool for Increasing Access to Higher Education for Ethnic Roma
This article aims to test the statement that affirmative action fails to target the most marginalised members of a disadvantaged group, and instead it supports the group’s most affluent members whose socio-economic position may be comparable to that of the mainstream population. It examines this statement on the case of ethnic Roma in higher education, based on the socio-economic data on Roma students collected by Roma Education Fund. The findings reveal that although Roma students come from better-off environments than the mainstream Roma communities, at the same time they come from more disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds compared to the mainstream students, and even to the mainstream population.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2016
Examining the Impact of Pre-induction Social Networking on the Student Transition into Higher Education
This article discusses an empirical study of how online social networking can be utilised to support the initial student transition to university. An analysis of online activities showed some differences in the pattern of engagement between two contrasting departments, but information drawn from student questionnaires and focus groups, combined with tutor interviews, highlighted similar perceived benefits across both networks. By drawing on a wider cross-university questionnaire survey, eight factors which have been shown to be important in creating effective online social networking environments are discussed, including the need to maximize tutor involvement and provide quick responses to student queries.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2016
This study aims to establish a snapshot of the extent to which teacher educators are preparing teacher candidates to use mobile learning technologies in PK–12 class-rooms, with the goal of drawing more teacher credentialing institutions into the conversations surrounding this initiative.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2015
The goal of this study was to assess the value of A-level and international equivalents as a predictor of early achievement in higher education. The results show that the key predictor for academic performance is whether or not the students received a British education.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2015
Motivational Support in Web 2.0 Learning Environments: A Regression Analysis Based on the Integrative Theory of Motivation, Volition and Performance
The purpose of this study was to better understand how Web 2.0 applications might impact learners’ motivation in higher education classrooms.The study explored college students’ motivational and outcome processing based on the theory of motivation, volition and performance. Based on 224 valid cases, the findings revealed that Web 2.0 applications might be effective in stimulating learners’ attention and supporting their confidence during the learning process. The findings further suggested that learners’ motivational processing could impact learners’ outcome processing that leads to continuous usage of Web 2.0 applications for learning.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2015
The Flipped Classroom Model of Learning in Higher Education: An Investigation of Preservice Teachers’ Perspectives and Achievement
This study investigated preservice teachers’ perspectives of the flipped classroom model and examined the impact of the model on student achievement. The authors found no significant differences between the flipped model and the traditional model in terms of academic achievement. However, they found different factors that may influence the effectiveness of this teaching model.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015
This article explores one workshop, ‘Research Communication in the Multicultural Academy’ (RCMA), as a case study demonstrating how collaborative critique can be implemented. 'Collaborative critique’ is an approach designed to be collaborative in that participants work together to create meaning through discussion and debate stimulated by narrative, case studies and role plays. The authors frame the discussion with four categories: context, construction, collaboration and conversation. The authors acknowledge that collaborative critique can leave some programme participants with a certain amount of confusion. They conclude that confusion, complexity, critique and corroboration, while unsettling and challenging, can be harnessed to work in conjunction with the context, construction, collaboration and conversation that are central to academic development programmes.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015