Incorporating student voice in course development

  • Joanne Smith University of Worcester
  • Amanda Coppin
  • Carenza Clifford

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate students’ perceptions with motivation to inform future practice of the BA Hons SENDI course. By undertaking focussed discussion groups to gain a rich source of information enabled the course lead to explore further the reasons behind student responses which would inform future practice. This also provided positive change to participants involved in the research process. This includes the intention to encompass student academic voice to enable a more co-constructive curriculum. Evidence of this was established whilst interrogating formative and summative feedback data which identified the strengths and challenges within a 12-month period. Focused discussion groups helped to clarify students’ expectations of course delivery and whether the course was meeting their expectations. Results of this study include students feeling more settled and supported and being able to voice options to get changes. With the combination of guest lectures, work experiences and external trips helped to enhance understanding of course content and how to implement knowledge into real life experiences. These contributed to students having a more positive experience of the course which will continue to inform future practice.

Author Biographies

Joanne Smith, University of Worcester

Joanne Smith, course-leader for the BA (Hons) SENDI. Her research interests are situated within Inclusive teaching and learning, particularly the student experience.

Amanda Coppin

level six student on the SENDI course, passionate about Inclusive Education and has been integral in informing curriculum development.

Carenza Clifford

level six student on the SENDI course, passionate about Inclusive Education and has been integral in informing curriculum development.

Published
2021-02-28
How to Cite
Smith, J., Coppin, A., & Clifford, C. (2021). Incorporating student voice in course development. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 3(2), 92-102. Retrieved from https://sehej.raise-network.com/raise/article/view/1030
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