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Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT Australia

Articulating a transition pedagogy to scaffold and to enhance the first year student learning experience in Australian higher education

Start: 2006
Report Publication Date: 2009
Primary Project Leader Sally Kift

Funding
Amount: $0.00 Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Purpose: Fellowship
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Summary
A major Fellowship outcome has been the articulation of a research-based 'transition pedagogy' (Kift & Nelson, 2005) ? a guiding philosophy for intentional first year curriculum design and support that carefully scaffolds and mediates the first year learning experience for contemporary heterogeneous cohorts. This transition pedagogy is framed around the identification of six First Year Curriculum Principles that stand out as supportive of first year learning engagement, success, and retention (Appendix 1). These interconnected organising principles are: ? Transition ? Diversity ? Design ? Engagement ? Assessment ? Evaluation and monitoring
Outcome
First year experience and curriculum design. A curriculum focus to the FYE has been adopted and the Program aims to develop a guiding philosophy for intentional FY curriculum renewal ? a transition pedagogy ? that carefully scaffolds and mediates the FY learning experience for contemporary heterogeneous cohorts. A case study approach has been utilised to explore good practice exemplars of customised FY curriculum design across a representative range of disciplines and institutions (eg Information Technology case study; Applied Sciences (TechOne) case study). Expert commentaries and frameworks have also been developed around perspectives identified as critical for successful first year learning engagement - such as early formative assessment; academic preparedness; graduate attributes; diversity; sessional staff engagement; career connections; etc. A curriculum focus to the FYE has been adopted and the Program aims to develop a guiding philosophy for intentional FY curriculum renewal ? a transition pedagogy ? that carefully scaffolds and mediates the FY learning experience for contemporary heterogeneous cohorts. A case study approach has been utilised to explore good practice exemplars of customised FY curriculum design across a representative range of disciplines and institutions (eg Information Technology case study; Applied Sciences (TechOne) case study). Expert commentaries and frameworks have also been developed around perspectives identified as critical for successful first year learning engagement - such as early formative assessment; academic preparedness; graduate attributes; diversity; sessional staff engagement; career connections; etc.
Keywords
Learning Experience › First Year Experience
Learning › Pedagogy
Disciplines
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Education Levels
  • Higher Education
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Associate Deans & Educational Leaders in Engineering

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Associate Deans Learning & Teaching in ICT

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