An overview of research on student support: Helping students to achieve or achieving institutional targets? Nurture or De-Nature?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/7588
Title:
An overview of research on student support: Helping students to achieve or achieving institutional targets? Nurture or De-Nature?
Authors:
Smith, Rob
Abstract:
In the quasi-marketised environment of the new, mass HE, centralised policy continues to dictate conditions and traditionally stable sources of income are being made increasingly unreliable. An increasing emphasis on student support within HE institutions (HEIs) has been made necessary by targets for student numbers and the funding that rests on these. These tensions have been added to for ‘post-1992’ universities, by the Widening Participation initiative that brings with it particular issues around recruitment and retention. In this context, it is not surprising that the issue of student support has triggered a raft of research and scholarship geared towards providing technical solutions. This paper argues that before such solutions are fixed on, HEIs need to investigate the conceptual underpinning of such mechanisms. Rather than focusing on the models and systems of support that are being developed in different HE settings and their effectiveness, the aim of this paper is to theorise the imperatives behind these, to look again at the context that informs their inception and how the various support structures position and identify students. Through this, the tensions that exist between financial incentives, ‘bums on seats’, Widening Participation and academic achievement rates will be explored.
Citation:
CELT Learning and Teaching Projects 2005/2006
Publisher:
University of Wolverhampton
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/7588
Additional Links:
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/celt
Submitted date:
2007-01-17
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article was first published in the Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses (WIRE). There is no printed version.
Appears in Collections:
Institute for Learning Enhancement (ILE)

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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Rob-
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-17T14:44:01Z-
dc.date.available2007-01-17T14:44:01Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.date.submitted2007-01-17-
dc.identifier.citationCELT Learning and Teaching Projects 2005/2006en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/7588-
dc.descriptionThis article was first published in the Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses (WIRE). There is no printed version.en
dc.description.abstractIn the quasi-marketised environment of the new, mass HE, centralised policy continues to dictate conditions and traditionally stable sources of income are being made increasingly unreliable. An increasing emphasis on student support within HE institutions (HEIs) has been made necessary by targets for student numbers and the funding that rests on these. These tensions have been added to for ‘post-1992’ universities, by the Widening Participation initiative that brings with it particular issues around recruitment and retention. In this context, it is not surprising that the issue of student support has triggered a raft of research and scholarship geared towards providing technical solutions. This paper argues that before such solutions are fixed on, HEIs need to investigate the conceptual underpinning of such mechanisms. Rather than focusing on the models and systems of support that are being developed in different HE settings and their effectiveness, the aim of this paper is to theorise the imperatives behind these, to look again at the context that informs their inception and how the various support structures position and identify students. Through this, the tensions that exist between financial incentives, ‘bums on seats’, Widening Participation and academic achievement rates will be explored.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Wolverhamptonen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.wlv.ac.uk/celten
dc.subjectStudentsen
dc.subjectRetentionen
dc.subjectWidening participationen
dc.subjectHigher educationen
dc.subjectPost-1992 universitiesen
dc.subjectSupportive learning environments-
dc.titleAn overview of research on student support: Helping students to achieve or achieving institutional targets? Nurture or De-Nature?en
dc.typeArticleen
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