An exploration of the ‘value-added’ of higher education for the health and social care workforce: The lecturers’ perspectives
Girot, E., Miers, M., Coles, J. and Wilkinson, G. (2006) An exploration of the ‘value-added’ of higher education for the health and social care workforce: The lecturers’ perspectives. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 31 (1). pp. 121-133. ISSN 0260-2938
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602930500262429
As part of a larger case study, this co-operative inquiry explores the lecturers' perspectives of the added value of the higher education experience of mixed ability groups of experienced care workers undertaking a 60 credit Certificate in Empowering Practice programme. Following consistent positive programme evaluations the success of the course is reflected upon by two lecturers and two researchers to understand the lessons learned. Using a thematic analysis, findings provide an understanding of the principles involved in producing consistent enthusiasm from these students and their service managers. A key to their success appears to lie in the meaningful organisation of the curriculum and the creative use of learning and teaching strategies. As co-inquirers, we have learned about the importance of promoting effective student support and creating successful links between their teaching and assessment strategies and the world of work. Although not generalisable, the findings of this co-operative inquiry identify some of the lessons learned and the principles that can be used in larger groups of pre-qualifying students to enhance their value in the workplace.