Addressing obstacles to success: Improving student completion, retention and achievement in applied health programmes

Gibson-van Marrewijk, Kelly and Hipkins, Rose and Stewart, Jane and Dannenfeldt, Gudrun and Stewart, Kevin and McHaffie, Jackie (2008) Addressing obstacles to success: Improving student completion, retention and achievement in applied health programmes. In: NZARE National Conference 2008: Education in change: Policies, research and practice to improve student outcomes. New Zealand Association for Research in Education, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Science education research literature suggests that the decontextualised nature of much science learning can be an obstacle to many learners. Science ideas are often expressed in formal, abstract logico-scientific modes of communication, whereas people mostly use more informal and storied narrative modes of communication (Bruner, 1986). The research project aimed to contextualise the science teaching modules by using rich narratives of practice as teaching materials. We anticipated that their effective use would require a change from traditional teaching. The key findings from the two year research project demonstrate that student engagement with science increased, although this wasn’t reflected in end of year summative results. Other issues and challenges concerned content reduction, designing effective narratives, scalability and sustainability. The research project was a model of successful collaboration leading to enhanced capability and capacity of the research team members. This presentation will draw together key issues and insights from the project to discuss the successful lessons learned and the way forward for teaching of science in applied health programmes at Wintec.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 24-27 November, 2008, in Palmerston North, New Zealand
Keywords that describe the item:Science education, student engagement, narrative based approaches to teaching and learning
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Schools > School of Education
Schools > School of Science and Primary Industries
Schools > School of Health
ID Code:203
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Deposited On:09 Jun 2009 02:52
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