Capture “student voices” regarding their learning experiences within the School of Education
Use these “voices” to explore whether and how our School of Education programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate) include or exclude students with a wide range of learning needs from experiencing positive or high quality learning opportunities
2. Involve students in the analysis and exploration of these “student voices”
Develop a collaborative partnership whereby students help to develop materials and methods that can be used to help staff in the work towards meeting learning needs and reducing barriers to inclusion.
Write a brief summary report which includes advice and guidelines along with a CD with all the stories on for people to access in their own time
Set up a wiki which contains the stories, our comments and provides opportunity for staff and students to discuss issues raised etc.
Give a presentation (Jane plus any PAIRS participant who are happy to co-present) on the issues raised and film the presentation and ensuing discussion so that it can be included in the wiki and on the CD perhaps
“ I was genuinely impressed with the project methodology that you used for this research. Would it be at all possible for me to reference your work officially within my own EdD work? I would sincerely appreciate being able to reflect on your methodology within my thesis as many aspects of it fit brilliantly with the ideas that I have so far myself. Would this be possible? …I believe it is important to not ask participants in research to do anything that I would not feel comfortable doing myself. I particularly enjoyed being a part of your project and this taught me many things about carrying out my own research upon/with others.”
Although my schedule is quite busy as you know, I am really interested in taking part of the second phase. It is the kind of experiences and skills that I want to have. I did not come here just to get a PhD and then go back. I want to be involved in any research or courses that might help to improve my educational and research skills.
It is my pleasure to help you in this project. It opens my mind to many things that may help to improve the organization that I will return to, when I finish my PhD.
What motivates colleagues to facilitate access to students?
One colleague used the information sheets that I handed out as an example of good practice in their research methods teaching
Obtain evaluation data that can use for a variety of QA purposes to illustrate authoritatively, the “student voice”
Lessons Learned: Applying PAIRS method to other Schools
Get richer information from motivated, committed students
Time consuming: not a “one-person” project
Don’t underestimate the ethical considerations
Anonymity (of participants AND the teachers they name in their stories)
Build in time to “train/induct” participants in analysis methods- I underestimated how hard participants might find this, and how varied their results would be
Probably best used to explore one big issue across a School or programme once a year or so
Not a replacement for module evaluations, not pragmatic and students will get just as fed up with it as they are with questionnaires