Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Being there: strategies for incorporating the student voice into the learning experience of a large first-year marketing course in a New Zealand university

Being there: strategies for incorporating the student voice into the learning experience of a large first-year marketing course in a New Zealand university

Mary FitzPatrick, Janet Davey, Dorothy Spiller


Higher education (HE) researchers and practitioners comment regularly on the difficulties of encouraging students to be fully present in the large-class learning experience. Educators who want to honour and promote the student voice need to design teaching and learning spaces that help students make emotional and cognitive connections with course learning, enabling them to be partners in directing the learning and to assume the role of co-inquirers. This paper describes a case study in a first-year marketing course in a New Zealand university in which a student tutor’s photo-narrative was designed to achieve these goals. Students’ evaluations indicated that the strategy promoted personal engagement and increased ownership of the learning. Photo-narrative storytelling offers HE practitioners an effective means to connect theoretical content to students’ own lives, and enhance student ownership of the learning. Inviting students to create their own photo-narratives could create a learning experience that approximates more closely to a learning partnership.


student ownership; tutors; storytelling

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