An insight into the challenges that mature learners encounter across the student lifecycle in Art & Design Higher Education

Baines, Martell (2016) An insight into the challenges that mature learners encounter across the student lifecycle in Art & Design Higher Education. In: OU Widening Participation Conference, 27 April - 28 April 2016, Jurys Inn, Milton Keynes. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Martell Baines, Progression Manager: Poster presentation at the Open University Widening Participation Conference HE: Transforming lives through life-wide learning? April 2016, alongside a paper presentation by Head of Research Dr. Sam Broadhead. An insight into the challenges that mature learners encounter across the student lifecycle in Art & Design Higher Education. In the paper ‘Art of surviving and thriving’ (Broadhead, 2012) one of the research methods was to capture the student voice by one to one interviews. Broadhead says it was; ‘to discover how well Access to Higher Education students were prepared for Higher Education level study in art & design at a specialist college.’ Broadhead’s case studies came from diverse backgrounds and often had ‘unconventional educational histories’. Also one of the findings was ‘the importance of having other mature students on the course. The support they received from each other, a feeling of belonging to a small community of mature students had helped them through this transitional time’ This poster provides a glimpse at the experience of 5 mature students, who are studying or have recently studied creative degrees at Leeds College of Art to understand the challenges they have had to overcome in order to stay on course . Also presented is the framework of developmental activities that students can elect to participate in along the student lifecycle to aid the stages of Access, Student Success and Progression. (OFFA, How to produce an access agreement, 2016). This research poster was produced in response to the recommendations within the paper ‘The Art of Surviving and Thriving: How well are Access Students Prepared for their Degrees in Art and Design?’ (Broadhead, 2012)

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