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ERIC Number: EJ797563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Innovations in Bridging and Foundation Education in a Tertiary Institution
Trewartha, Rae
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v48 n1 p30-49 Apr 2008
A 2006 survey of programs at Unitec, New Zealand concluded that, in the main, Unitec programs and courses were not meeting student needs in the area of foundation and bridging education. Invoking international research and practice, a report was compiled proposing a number of recommendations to remedy this situation. Academic Board, in accepting recommendations that were based on developing and re-developing foundation and bridging courses and programs to better staircase students into degree programs, and to support first-year students in undergraduate degree programs, has challenged the Unitec community to think in new ways about the needs of students entering the institution. It was argued in the report that the key determinant in developing these strategies should be the need to provide students with bridging/foundation education that supports them to develop the contextualised discipline knowledge and academic literacies they need in order to transition to the next level of study as independent, critical learners--as students who know "how to learn." Over the last few months, many exciting and challenging developments have occurred in relation to this initiative. This paper begins by examining the research that informed the recommendations in the report. Initiatives that are proposed or underway are then outlined, and discussed in conjunction with examples of the challenges associated with making this shift in institutional thinking and practice. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand