Bridging sociocultural Incongruity in the undergraduate Education Curriculum (BIEC)

Contact person info
Name of contact person: 
Bronwyn James, Eszter Szenes, Arlene Harvey
Email of contact person: 
bronwyn.james@sydney.edu.au
Who are your partners?: 
Faculty staff
Information technology staff
What is the rationale for this practice?: 
Perceived need by faculty staff
First year experience initiatives
Social Inclusion initiatives
What support exists for this practice? (Institutional or other): 
Extra funding support
If you have evaluated this practice, please select evaluation type(s): 
survey designed specifically for this project - administered by unit of study co-ordinator
What are the strengths of this practice?: 

Core subject in the first year curriculum in Education - over 500 students. Resources developed in collaboration with faculty staff,. Blended learning approach. 5 activities occuirn g at different times across the curriculum and each feeding into the next assessment task so highly relevant to students. Sustainability is high as the material is delivered by unit of study tutors in class and also on-line components.

What are the weaknesses?: 

need to make materials user friendly for staff without linguistics background - this is also a strength

What improvements (if any) would you like to make?: 

we are awaiting the results of a survey + feedback from staff end of year student results - these will be used to inform future iterations

What approaches/theories of language and/or learning underpin this practice?: 

systemic functional linguistics, genre theory

Other publications/products arising from this practice? (Not already included in previous question): 

Paper based resources

Online resources

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