Amplifying staff development through film: The case of a university staff visit to a sixth form college

Alicia Prowse (Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Department of Languages, Information and Communications, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Penny Sweasey (Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Rachel Delbridge (Department of Information and Communications, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The literature on student transition to university commonly investigates student expectations, perceptions and experiences and rarely focusses on university academic staff viewpoints. The purpose of this paper is to explore the staff development potential of a filmed visit of university academic staff to a sixth form college.

Design/methodology/approach

The project created a space for eight university colleagues from a wide range of discipline areas in a large metropolitan university and ten college students from one local sixth form feeder college to observe and reflect on their experiences of learning and teaching (L&T) in the two environments.

Findings

Staff development episodes were subsequently designed to allow staff who had not attended the visit to comprehend the experiences of L&T in colleges and promote a consideration of pedagogies for student transition. Observations and reflections from this “second audience” are presented.

Research limitations/implications

This was a case study of a visit of a small group of university academic staff to one Roman Catholic sixth form college who selected students to speak on film. The visit occurred just prior to final exams at the end of the academic year.

Practical implications

Packaging the visit via film and workshop activity enabled university staff to hear their own colleagues’ reflections on how students learn in college and the step up to university study. This combination of vicarious/peer learning could be used in a range of staff development and training settings.

Originality/value

This study explored a practical way of extending a small-scale episode of experiential staff development to a much larger staff audience via the use of filmed reflections of participants, combined with workshop activity and online comment and discussion.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Quality Assurance Agency (4293/2015).

Citation

Prowse, A., Sweasey, P. and Delbridge, R. (2017), "Amplifying staff development through film: The case of a university staff visit to a sixth form college", Education + Training, Vol. 59 No. 5, pp. 446-456. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-11-2016-0174

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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