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Learning from African students

Bartoli, A., Kennedy, S. and Tedam, P. (2009) Learning from African students. Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education. 1(1) 2041-3122.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: In response to the growing numbers of African students on the social work qualifying programme at the University of Northampton, three senior lecturers undertook a small-scale study in 2008 to evaluate African students’ particular learning experiences. This trend of increasing student numbers reflects the national picture as indicated by the General Social Care Council (GSCC, 2009). The African student experience is different and therefore different strategies are needed to ensure that learning and subsequent employability are maximised. The research identified two significant outcomes. The first was the need for a peer support group, which was set up in September 2008. The group named itself PADARE, a Zimbabwean term which means: meeting place. The second was the need for a qualified social worker as a mentor to support the students’ transition from academic learning into work-based learning and practice. This paper will focus mainly on the rationale and potential of these two initiatives from both an educator’s perspective and that of the students themselves drawing on relevant contemporary literature in the areas of Mentoring and Peer support groups.
Uncontrolled Keywords: mentoring, international students, social work, African students, support group, peer support, transitions
Creators: Bartoli, Angie, Kennedy, Sue and Tedam, Prospera
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Applied Social Studies & Sociology
Date: 1 January 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 2041-3122
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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