Creating high challenge/high support academic environments through constructive alignment : student outcomes

Larkin, Helen and Richardson, Ben 2013, Creating high challenge/high support academic environments through constructive alignment : student outcomes, Teaching in higher education, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 192-204.

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Title Creating high challenge/high support academic environments through constructive alignment : student outcomes
Author(s) Larkin, Helen
Richardson, Ben
Journal name Teaching in higher education
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 192
End page 204
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1356-2517
1470-1294
Keyword(s) constructive alignment
student outcomes
curriculum review
intended learning outcomes
Summary Higher education needs to provide challenging yet supportive learning environments catering for students with diverse academic needs. There is also an emphasis on using student-driven outcome measures to determine teaching effectiveness. How can these measures be used to reflect upon and evaluate teaching initiatives? Using an undergraduate occupational therapy programme as the site for exploration, this article reports on an application of constructive alignment principles and describes how available empirical data were used to explore student outcomes. A comparison was made between student evaluations and academic grades prior to, and after the implementation of the initiative. Results provide evidence of improvement in student satisfaction and academic grades as a result of implementing constructive alignment. Whilst it is acknowledged that changes in academic grades and student evaluations can be attributed to a number of factors, findings of this study support a view that constructive alignment facilitates students' learning and experiences.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 920202 Carer Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047373

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