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The benefits of group personal tutorials in relational pedagogy’

The benefits of group personal tutorials in relational pedagogy’

Mundair, Julie and Krolikowska-Adamczyk, Ewa ORCID: 0000-0002-0739-2110 (2023) The benefits of group personal tutorials in relational pedagogy’. In: SHIFT 2023, 11th - 12th January 2023, University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street. (Unpublished)

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The literature acknowledges the importance of personal tutoring in student satisfaction (Bell, 2022), student retention, and building a sense of connection and belonging (Thomas et al., 2017). The quality of the personal tutor-tutee relationship is often linked to the relational competence of the tutor and their personal qualities such as being caring and empathetic (Bell, 2022). This reflects the pastoral model of personal tutoring (Earwaker, 1992) in which the tutor offers 1-2-1 support in academic and personal matters. However, more recent studies suggest that tutors should also support students in their personal, professional, and academic development and help them to transition into effective study in higher education (Grey and Osborne, 2020). In their survey 71% of personal tutors agreed that tutoring should involve group meetings (Grey and Osborne, 2020). Thomas (2012) found that group tutorials provide opportunities for students to sharing feelings and concerns about their programme in a small group setting and normalise their worries. Group tutorials have been found to be particularly effective with certain groups such as first year students who may benefit from a more structured approach to personal tutoring as well as build support and friendships with other students (Calcagno et al., 2017). Based on the literature and on personal experience, we propose that effective personal tutoring should include the management of peer-to-peer relationships and explore the potential and value of group tutorials as part of relational pedagogy.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher Education, Group Personal Tutoring, Relational Pedagogy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
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