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Creating a positive learning environment for Non-EU students - the role of academic support. Catherine Foster – Student Support Manager Helen Higson – Pro-Vice Chancellor. Session. Basis of research Aston University & Aston Business School Background Literature & Framework Research Future.

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Creating a positive learning environment for non eu students the role of academic support

Creating a positive learning environment for Non-EU students - the role of academic support

Catherine Foster – Student Support Manager

Helen Higson – Pro-Vice Chancellor


Session

Session

  • Basis of research

    • Aston University & Aston Business School Background

  • Literature & Framework

  • Research

  • Future


Uk he student numbers

UK HE - Student Numbers


Aston university student numbers

Aston University Student Numbers


Nationalities represented

Nationalities represented

  • Within all of Aston University (UG & PG) there are 174 nationalities represented.

  • 144 Nationalities at Undergraduate level

  • 156 Nationalities at Postgraduate level

  • See handout for full list


Changes within aston business school ug

Changes within Aston Business School UG


Year 1 ug entrants aston business school

Year 1 UG Entrants - Aston Business School


Performance data abs ug 2007 8

Performance Data – ABS UG (2007-8)


Why do you think there is such a contrast

Why do you think there is such a contrast?

  • Take 5 mins to chat with the person next to you

  • In your experience, why do you think there is such a difference in performance?

  • Can cultural background impact student performance and success?


Do we need to change too

Do we need to change too?

  • Different needs for students – student body changed rapidly

  • Existing support structures may not be appropriate

  • Potential benefits/concerns:

    • Take 5 mins to discuss your current support structures

      • do you think they meet the needs of all our students?

      • Is there anything you think we could do?


Literature

Literature

  • International student experience: (e.g. Robertson et al (2000), Lizzioet al (2002), Misra et al (2003) and Abel (2002)).

    • Focus on a range of issues:

      • students’ stress levels, areas in which international students experienced difficulties in integration such as colloquial language and accents and feelings of isolation and also methods of teaching and learning and assessment methods.

  • Student retention (including student support) (e.g. Bean & Metzer (1985), Tinto (1975), Reay (1998)).

    • focuses specifically on WP students i.e. those from non-traditional groups and not on Non-EU students


What we re doing clipp research

What we’re doing - CLIPP Research

  • “Creating a positive learning environment for Non-EU students”

  • Aims to investigate the current academic support available

  • EU-centric support structures – are they still appropriate?

  • Based on ABS UG students – series of Focus Groups and Interviews


Research plan

Research Plan

  • Ethical Approval obtained

  • Focus Groups re-scheduled for October 2009

  • Interviews re-scheduled for November 2009


Contact information

Contact Information

Catherine Foster

[email protected]

0121 204 3137


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