Failing Students in Higher Education / Edition 1

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"Failing and the possibility of failing are everyday experiences in higher education, yet rarely discussed. This text explores failure from different vantage points: its social and political context; its implications for teachers and learners; and the practices and procedures of the assessment, support and administrative systems surrounding failing students in higher education." "The text integrates discussions of drop-out, retention and student progress alongside the notion of academic failure. While management of student "through-put" is of interest to politicians, educators have to manage and understand failing as an important part of the process of learning." This work incorporates new empirical data along with practitioner experience and analyzes practice issues within a policy framework that takes into account past and current political trends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335208258
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii
1 Setting the Scene 1
Part 1 Policies and Patterns
2 A Short History of Failure 15
3 Academic Failure: a Retrospective View from Non-completing Students 29
4 A Joined-up Policy Approach to Student Support 45
5 Policy Implications of Student Non-completion: Government, Funding Councils and Universities 56
Part 2 Teachers and Learners
6 Learning to Fail: Learning to Recover 73
7 Failing Teachers, Failing Students: Learning about Failure from a Teaching Development Programme 85
8 Open as to Failure 98
9 Developing a Positive Approach to Failure 113
10 Redesigning Success and Failure 124
Part 3 Working with Students
11 Student Counselling and Students' Failure 139
12 The Administrator's Tale 151
13 Struggling to Learn 160
14 Failing to Assess or Assessing Failure? 172
References 184
Index 196
The Society for Research into Higher Education 198
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