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From Deficiency to Development: the evolution of academic skills provision at one UK university

Hill, Pat, Tinker, Amanda and Catterall, Stephen (2010) From Deficiency to Development: the evolution of academic skills provision at one UK university. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (2). ISSN 1759667X

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This article discusses the context in which ‘study support’ has emerged in higher education in the UK. Within this context the article documents the establishment of a ‘devolved model’ of academic skills at the University of Huddersfield. Whilst acknowledging that this model is not unique, its formation allows for the exploration of pedagogical and practical issues. It highlights the complexity of providing support which is effective and viable, recognising that the increasing diversity of the student body calls for multiple strategies. An examination of the evolution of the provision at Huddersfield illustrates the journey from a focus on student deficit and retention towards one clearly associated with learning development. This model assumes an integrated, flexible and student centred approach within the subject discipline, rather than one which is extra-curricular and may be perceived as ‘remedial’. Originally predicated on the individual student tutorial and standalone workshop, the provision is now focusing on working within the disciplines to embed academic development within the curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
School of Computing and Engineering
School of Music, Humanities and Media
School of Computing and Engineering > Pedagogical Research Group
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2010 12:04
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