An Exploratory Study on the Learning Needs of Foundation Degree Students

By Chinny Nzekwe-Excel.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The identification of the learning needs of foundation degree students (work-based learners) is essential for creating an effective and satisfying learning experience for this category of students.
In order to identify the parameters for creating a satisfying learning experience for foundation degree students, this study adopts the interview technique. This technique enabled the exploration of the experience of foundation degree students within Aston University UK, in terms of investigating their learning needs. Particularly, the semi-structured interview was chosen for this study to allow in-depth evaluation of the perceived learning needs of the students.
The outcomes of the study show that there is some level of overlap in the needs of these students irrespective of their foundation degree program specialty (Engineering, or Administration and Management). Findings from this study also show that the learning needs of foundation degree students from the institution and from their employers vary.
The outcomes of this study provide insights and recommendations on how the unmet learning needs of foundation degree students (obstacles to student learning/ performance) can be addressed, making reference to the students’ learning needs from their employers and the institution.

Keywords: Foundation Degree, Higher Education Institution, Learning Experience, Learning Needs, Student Performance, Work-based Learners

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp.199-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.856MB).

Dr. Chinny Nzekwe-Excel

Learning Development, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Professional Practice, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

My research interests lie in the broad areas of operations research and learning development, and their innovative impact in any field or sector. I am particularly involved in developing strategies and models in collaboration with recognised bodies and institutions that are aimed at focussing on the requirements of users, students and concerned workers. In addition, I contribute to the institution’s external links by designing and providing tailor-made teaching sessions for work-based learners within and outside the institution’s environment.


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