Questioning personal tutoring in higher education: an activity theoretical action research study

Stuart, Kaz (Karen), Willocks, Katie and Browning, Ruth (2019) Questioning personal tutoring in higher education: an activity theoretical action research study. Educational Action Research .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2019.1626753

Abstract

Personal tutoring as an academic role is neither innovative nor one-dimensional. Engagement in the personal tutoring system correlates to student retention and ultimately achievement. Today the role is considered extensive with the Personal Tutor endeavouring to provide students with both academic and personal support. Whilst literature recognises the value of personal tutoring, little is known of role perceptions or associated practice. The study, undertaken with staff across two University of Cumbria departments, took an action research approach and utilised semi-structured interviews to explore their personal tutoring role perceptions and practice. Analysis was abductive, first through inductive open coding thematic analysis, then deductive, considering the categories and themes using Activity Theory. Key themes, contradictions and areas of development recommended for practice and policy are considered.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Educational Action Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1747-5074
Departments: Pre June 2020 Academic Departments and Services > Academic Departments > Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS) > Business
Pre June 2020 Academic Departments and Services > Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Children, Youth, Families and Community Work
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 15:34
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 10:10
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4109

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