Personal Tutoring in Higher Education

Paperback / softback, 184 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
1 Apr 2006
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £19.99

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A great deal has changed since the last book on personal tutoring in higher education appeared a decade ago. Mass higher education and resource constraints have put pressures on the traditional models of academic support just when increased student numbers and greater diversity has made the need for one-to-one and small group learning more urgent. "Personal Tutoring in Higher Education" examines the pressures on traditional models of personal tutoring and sets this against the benefits of greater interaction and engagement to support students as they make the transition into higher education and progress through it successfully. The contributors offer alternative ways of conceptualising personal tutoring and describe new and effective ways of implementing appropriate support systems at strategic and practical levels. And they discuss the implications for training, development and support needs of university staff in this changing environment. The book is essential reading for all managers and tutors in higher education.

  • Liz Thomas

  • Steven Barfield

  • Paula Hixenbaugh

CONTENTS: 1. Introduction; 2. Personal tutoring: A system in crisis?; 3. Widening participation and the increased need for personal tutoring; 4. Rescuing the personal tutor: Lessons in costs and benefits; 5. Student perspectives on personal tutoring: What do students want?; 6. Enhancing the first year experience through personal tutoring; 7. Putting students first: Developing accessible and integrated support; 8. Creating a network of student support; 9. Platoons to encourage social cohesion amongst a large and diverse undergraduate population; 10. Strategic approaches to the development and management of personal tutorial systems in UK higher education; 11. Changing practice in tutorial provision within post-compulsory education; 12. 'Who's looking after me?' - Supporting new personal tutors; 13. Issues for online personal tutoring: Staff perceptions from an online distance learning programme; 14. Working with a lack of structure: The experiences of supporting work based learning