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How does a STEM Access module prepare adult learners to succeed in undergraduate science?

Butcher, John; Clarke, Anactoria; Wood, Carlton; McPherson, Elaine and Fowle, Wendy (2018). How does a STEM Access module prepare adult learners to succeed in undergraduate science? Journal of Further and Higher Education (Early Access).

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877x.2018.1476679
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Abstract

This article explores the impact of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Access module on the progression of students to undergraduate Science. Drawing on the Widening Participation (WP) literature, this research investigated the experience of adult learners from disadvantaged backgrounds taking their first steps into higher education (HE). A mixed methods institutional case study was conducted, drawing on extensive survey data and interviews with students and tutors. Key findings included: enhanced student understanding of how to use tutor support; improvement in the skills and confidence of students in relation to maths, as a result of an embedded interdisciplinary curriculum; and an uplift in student study skills. This study was undertaken in a distance learning context, addressing issues in entry-level STEM, but the conclusions are applicable to other HE settings.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1469-9486
Keywords: access; adult learners; STEM; interdisciplinary Science
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Curriculum Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 56068
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2018 09:33
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:10
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56068
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