Grant application: QUT Learning and Teaching scheme 2012 Cracking the Code - A checklist to complement CRAs for first year Justice students.

Quadrelli, Carol & Grevis-James, Nancy (2012) Grant application: QUT Learning and Teaching scheme 2012 Cracking the Code - A checklist to complement CRAs for first year Justice students. (Unpublished)


Widening participation brings with it increasing diversity, increased variation in the level of academic preparedness (Clarke, 2011; Nelson, Clarke, & Kift 2010). Cultural capital coupled with negotiating the academic culture creates an environment based on many assumptions about academic writing and university culture. Variations in staff and student expectations relating to the teaching and learning experience is captured in a range of national and institutional data (AUSSE, CEQ, LEX). Nationally, AUSSE data (2009) indicates that communication, writing, speaking and analytic skills, staff expectations are quite a bit higher than students. The research team noted a recognisable shift in the changing cohort of students and their understanding and engagement with feedback and CRAs, as well as variations in teaching staff and student expectations.

The current reality of tutor and student roles is that:

  • Students self select when/how they access lectures and tutorials.

  • Shorter tutorial times result in reduced opportunity to develop rapport with students.

  • CRAs are not always used consistently by staff (different marking styles and levels of feedback).

  • Marking is not always undertaken by the student’s tutor/lecturer.

  • Student support services might be recommended to students once a poor grade has been given. Students can perceive this as remedial and a further sense of failure.

  • CRA sheet has a mark /grade attached to it. Stigma attached to low mark. Hard to focus on the CRA feedback with a poor mark etched next to it.

  • Limited opportunities for sessionals to access professional development to assist with engaging students and feedback.

  • FYE resources exist, however academic time is a factor in exploring and embedding these resources.

Feedback is another area with differing expectations and understandings. Sadler (2009) contends that students are not equipped to decode the statements properly. For students to be able to apply feedback, they need to understand the meaning of the feedback statement. They also need to identify, the particular aspects of their work that need attention. The proposed Checklist/guide would be one page and submitted with each assessment piece thereby providing an interface to engage students and tutors in managing first year understandings and expectations around CRAs, feedback, and academic practice.

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ID Code: 88893
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: First year experience, assessment feedback, resource checklist, evaluation, diagnostic tool
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Carol Quadrelli & Nancy Grevis-James
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2015 01:31
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 01:31

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