Transforming roles to support student development of academic literacies: a reflection on one team's experience

Goldingay, Sophie, Hitch, Danielle, Carrington, Ann, Nipperess, Sharlene, and Rosario, Viola (2016) Transforming roles to support student development of academic literacies: a reflection on one team's experience. Reflective Practice, 17 (3). pp. 334-346.

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Social work is a discipline that attracts students from diverse academic backgrounds. Many are first in family to attend university, and come to university through alternative pathways such as vocational education. As a result, there are higher levels of attrition compared to other disciplines, especially in the first year. To address this, and in keeping with a commitment to provide accessible education, one school of social work undertook a project to embed academic literacies into the curriculum. This paper used Gibb's reflective process to explore how this was experienced by team members. Data were collected via staff focus groups at two different points in time across the project and compared. The reflection unpacked a number of tensions experienced by team members, including concerns about potential loss of resources as a result of academics adopting new roles, and concerns about implementing what was seen as Westernised academic skills which may not fit with students' ways of thinking and creating knowledge. Overfull curricula and constant change also appeared to be of concern. The reflection highlighted that to achieve effective and sustainable change, action was required at multiple levels.

Item ID: 44751
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-1103
Keywords: academic literacies, inclusive curriculum development, scaffolding, social work, discipline specific, role of academics
Funders: Higher Education Partnership and Participation Program
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 22:33
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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