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Reflections of a student engagement program designed and delivered by academics

Beasy, K ORCID: 0000-0002-5998-1419, Morrison, R ORCID: 0000-0002-1744-2118, Coleman, B ORCID: 0000-0003-0373-2269 and Mainsbridge, C ORCID: 0000-0002-4600-2058 2022 , 'Reflections of a student engagement program designed and delivered by academics' , Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, vol. 5, no. 1 , pp. 1-12 , doi:

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Student support programs in higher education are commonly delivered by professional institution staff who are not directly involved in students’ courses. In this paper, we report on a unique student support program within a School of Education and the perceptions of the academic staff who designed and delivered the program. Methodologically, written and spoken critically reflective encounters were used to explore dimensions of student support: connectedness, mindsets, self-management, academic capabilities, and professional identity. We perceived the program positively influenced some students in developing feelings of connectedness, building self-management skills and understanding commitment, and in establishing a foundation for a student experience that fosters a pathway towards a teaching career. Tensions were revealed relating to the ethical responsibilities of supporting all students to continue study and staff’s own personal study experiences were found, at times, to contribute to assumptions about how students should engage with study. Findings suggest that addressing student needs across the dimensions first necessitates a shared understanding of what constitutes student success and how this is interpreted within a support program. Assisting academics in gaining deeper insight and understanding of what it means to be a student, particularly an academically vulnerable student, was a benefit of the program.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Beasy, K and Morrison, R and Coleman, B and Mainsbridge, C
Keywords: academic capabilities, student engagement, higher education, student support
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching
Publisher: Kaplan Higher Education Academy
ISSN: 2591-801X
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Copyright: © 2022. Kim Beasy, Renee Morrison, Bianca Coleman and Casey Mainsbridge. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms

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