Learner Induction - Make or Break?

Learner Induction - Make or Break?

Learner Induction Make or Break? Karen Lawson Garry Cameron Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Why bother?

Research Inspection reports Curriculum for Excellence Learner Engagement Professional satisfaction

College policy and ethos Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges What is Induction? Literal meaning to lead in Websters dictionary- an initial experience, an exposure that introduces one to something previously mysterious or unknown .

Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges How was it for you ? What was your induction to college/university like? Discuss in pairs or small groups. Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges

Cook (2006) 2 types of induction First events that occur immediately on arrival Second (extended) longer-term assimilation of new students into the ways in which the institution operates, particularly as it relates to its teaching and learning methods Introduction to the group Introduction the course Introduction to college

Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges What does the research say? Paul Matinez Withdrawal and unsuccessful completion: 1.Uninspiring, boring, poorly structured teaching 2.Poor group ethos, group dynamics 3.Inappropriate or inadequate induction 4.Mismatch between activist learning

styles of learners and didactic styles of teachers. Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Other research - HE Edwards 40% of drop-outs cited inadequate induction as reason for leaving course: Uniformed about course structure and organisational issues, disorientated,

lonely. Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Research indicates (Hargreaves1996) Induction can exacerbate the students pre-disposal to withdraw: Student anxiety about transition The process of adjustment to the new context Continuity between previous and new

curricula Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Research statistics (Gordon et al 2002) From 474 students at Strathclyde University who were surveyed: 6% had considered dropping out in the first week 12% had considered dropping out in the

first month More than a third had considered dropping out during the first semester Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Exclusion Individually think about a time when you have felt excluded. How did you feel at time? How did you behave?

Discuss in pairs Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Inclusion Think about a time when you have felt included. What did the person(s) do to make you feel included? How did you feel and how did that effect

your behaviour? Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Some feedback Exclusion Anxious Hurt Unwanted Not good enough Low sense of worth

Not valued Isolated - withdrawn Aggressive Angry Inclusion Wanted Part of group Valued Something to offer

Warm Raised self-esteem, worth Friendly, giving to others Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Induction- the Heart of the Matter Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges

Blended is best Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Excellence Gateway Effective practice Small group exercise to review own practice.

Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Welcome Who is there? How is the classroom laid out? How do you do introductions? Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges

Individual and Group activities Mix up working in pairs, groups and on own. Mix up ice breakers with activities designed to reenforce course and college info Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges

Individual Identity Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Induction Takes Time Smaller chunks over longer should be a long thin process Mix up college, course, individual Check out understanding

Model the teaching methods and highlight the learning skills Ask for feedback Active and cooperative learning Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Characteristics of an ideal programme An ideal induction programme would

With your talking partner list a few features you consider to be ideal for a Further/Higher Education induction programme that is inclusive. Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges References Cook A et al (2006) Supporting Students: early induction. Coleraine: University of Ulster

Martinez P (2001) Improving student retention and achievement, London: LSDA Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges Contact Details Tel: 01786 892024 [email protected] www.scotlandscolleges.ac.uk

Scotlands Colleges is a trading name of both the Scottish Further Education Unit and the Association of Scotlands Colleges

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