Combining her SPARC-related interests with another strand of her research on students’ experience of higher music education, Stephanie Pitts has completed a PALATINE (Higher Education Academy) funded project on students’ engagement in extra-curricular learning. Founding SPARC member, Kate Gee, and another research assistant, Sophie Redfern, carried out interviews and focus groups with students at three UK universities, to find out their attitudes to performing and concert-going within their university courses. Views on whether these historically voluntary activities should be assessed varied widely, but there was consensus that the relationship between credit-bearing work and non-assessed work is not always easy to negotiate, for either staff or students. The findings of this project have been published on the HEA website and in the journal Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.
Access the online report here: www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/…/PALATINEDevAward-Pitts-2011.pdf
Access the article here: http://ahh.sagepub.com/content/12/2-3/194.abstract
Reference: Pitts, S. E. (2013) Would you credit it? Navigating the transitions between curricular and extra-curricular learning in university music departments. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 12 (2-3): 194-203.