An aim of this project will be to inform curriculum and staff resources / development to enrich the student experience and prepare them for HE level study and the workplace.
The focus of this research will be on how and if students develop the core literacy skills in preparation for, HE level study? Are these developed within the curriculum to? Do subject teachers focus on this development?
Having undertaken prior research in this area for my Doctoral studies the data suggests this does not happen thus my research will investigate the student experience and development along with the lecturers focus on this important area.
The benefits for the students will be developing the curriculum to include the teaching and development of the core literacy skills required for HE level study. A second strand of this will develop staff in the requirements of including this within their sessions. Data from research already undertaken by myself indicated lecturers themselves felt under pressure to deliver the subject content and were not confident in research and referencing skills. This would then potentially inform staff development sessions to include this important aspect of student progression.
To measure the impact, I will use an epistemological interpretivist philosophy along with a qualitative paradigm to explore the views of the students and lecturers. A case study of students and lecturers will be used along with a thematic analysis to connect commonalities within the data. This will then be reported to inform the findings of this research. This will then facilitate an action research plan to implement development within the curriculum and wider resources for students and lecturers.
The outcomes of this research could inform curriculum planning and staff development to include training for staff along with the added benefit of student enrichment whilst undertaking their studies.