Dispositions to Stay and toSucceed in Higher Education Exploring Relationships for Success. Jamie Thompson. Northumbria University
Dispositions to Stay and to Succeed (HEFCE / Paul Hamlyn)• Partnership with Bedfordshire and Manchester• Retention / Success : the seven ELLI dimensions of learning power• Ambiguous results re. retention• Small significant relationship between first year marks and two dimensions: Critical Curiosity and Meaning Making
Seven Dimensions of Learning Power (ELLI)• Changing and learning Being stuck & static• Meaning making Data accumulation• Critical curiosity Passivity• Creativity Being rule bound• Learning relationships Isolation & dependence• Strategic awareness Being robotic• Resilience Fragility and dependence
Learning Relationships• Qualitative theme pursued• Relationships between students• Relationships between students and staff• Perceived importance re. academic success and student satisfaction• Not new – but LOUD!
Self Authorship (Baxter Magolda)• Authority free – taking responsibility and control for your life.• Sometimes not achieved – routinely not achieved until late twenties.• Can this process be made more successful, can it be accelerated in HE?
What is success in HE?• As professionals what do we want for our students?• As a sector what would we want to claim for the HE experience?• What are successful outcomes in students’ terms?
Learning Relationships in HE• How good are we at supporting and delivering learning relationships in HE?• How do we currently do it well?• How could we do it better?(Learning Relationships checklist)
References• Baxter Magolda, M. B. (1999). Creating contexts for learning and self-authorship: constructive-developmental pedagogy (1st ed.). Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press.• Deakin Crick, R., Broadfoot, P., Claxton, G. (2004), Developing an Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory: the ELLI Project, Assessment in Education, 11 (3), pp. 247-270.• Thompson J. et al (2011) ‘ ... they will look after their cognitive needs for themselves’: Understanding the importance of relationships in Higher Education. ELSIN Conference Proceedings, Antwerp, Belgium.• Williamson K., Coughlin A., Small T. and Thompson J. (2012) My Learning Power: Using ELLI in Higher Education. Northumbria University.• Thompson J. (2012) A Manifesto for Change in Higher Education in the UK. Northumbria University.• Harding J. and Thompson J. (2012) Dispositions to Stay and to Succeed: Final report of the ‘What Works’ research project. Northumbria University• Gower L. and Thompson J. (2102) A Good Practice Guide to Learning Relationships in Higher Education. Northumbria University
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