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  1. Student DiversityFYE Curriculum Design Symposium 2009 Professor Alf Lizzio Griffith University Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  2. Overview: What will we cover? • How are students different? • What are typical responses and emerging narratives to student diversity? • What do we know about ‘diversity friendly’ cultures? • How do we design with student diversity in mind? • What activities are transition supportive? Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  3. Transition into University: How are students different? Student Diversity Cultural Gender Economic Generational Linguistic Disability Pathfinding • Student Participation • Factors • Personal situation • Structural settings • Institutional culture • Local culture Student Learning Resources Appraisal Motivation Ability Capacity Fit Student Success Engagement Achievement Inclusion Transformation Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  4. States of Diversity: What are some typical responses? • Denial • Frustrated awareness • Tolerance • Remediation • Active engagement • Inclusive social change Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  5. Traditional Teacher Centred Conception Teaching and delivery Separation of academic and pastoral Silos Social Darwinism Student deficits Emerging Student Centred Conception Design and facilitation Integration of academic and pastoral Partnerships Shared responsibility Student resources A Tale of two Paradigms: What are our academic narratives? Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  6. What makes a difference: What do we know about ‘diversity friendly’ cultures? • Identity markers and touch-points • Safety and respect • Inter-group interaction • Efficacy expectations • Assumption testing-two-way • Self-management of leaders • Policy-practice alignment • Breaking of the student diversity-quality nexus conflation • Conscious design and necessary structure • Flexibility and responsiveness • Identifiable support pathways/navigation beacons Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  7. Designing for Diversity: What are some options? A. Preparatory Access Preparation Semester B. Supplemental-remedial Course/Subject C. Complementary Academic subjects Parallel enabling courses or experiences D. Integrated Inclusive Learning Community Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  8. Key Propositions: What do we know from the literature? • Departure is not destination: ‘Time on task’ is the key predictor of academic success. • Relationships are ‘protective’: Investing in community building pays off. • Success may be a revolving door: Student retention/attrition is an over-determined phenomena and require multiple attempts. • Students cannot live by support alone: ‘More support’ is not necessarily ‘effective support’---both challenge and support are required • Those that need often don’t ask: Paradox of student help-seeking Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  9. Practical Magic: What are ‘transition-supportive’ goals? • Perceived relevance • Developing ‘early efficacy’ as a learner • Active engagement in the learning community (tasks, roles and settings) • Enhancing self-regulation • Facilitating higher-order learning • Mutual responsibility Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  10. Practical Magic: What activities are ‘transition supportive’? • Peer mentoring • Group work • Project work • Authentic assessment • Variety of learning tasks/modes • Community building • Surfacing un-discussable/taboo topics • Formative feedback and feed-forward • Self-assessment of approaches and skills • Process reviews Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009

  11. Take away message Ultimately what we do and how far we are prepared to go depends on the extent to which webelieve in our students! Lizzio - QUT FY Symposium presentation 2009