Bridging the Lecturer/Student Divide: The Role of Residential Field Courses

Hart, Adam G and Stafford, Richard and Goodenough, Anne E (2011) Bridging the Lecturer/Student Divide: The Role of Residential Field Courses. Bioscience Education, 17 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1479-7860

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Abstract

An artificial, and generally unhelpful, divide between lecturers and students frequently occurs in higher education, especially among recent school-leavers. Bridging that divide allows lecturers and students to develop collaboratively to the benefit of both parties. Residential field courses provide an important forum to develop more mature relationships between lecturers and students and the informal opportunities presented allow both pastoral and educational issues to be discussed and often resolved. Here, we discuss the crucial role that field courses can have in student development and we introduce some techniques that can be used to engender pastoral and academic engagement. This provides long-term benefits to learners and develops student-lecturer collaborations that exist well beyond the field course experience.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Field courses, residential, pastoral care
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Goodenough
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 09:40
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 09:40
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3367

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