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Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-616-8412-0
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 10-12 March, 2014
Location: Valencia, Spain

CONNECTIONS FOR LEARNING: AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM TO SUPPORT CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS

R. Nash, R. Frohman, P. Lemcke

Queensland University of Technology (AUSTRALIA)
Cultural, academic and social challenges can present significant obstacles to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students’ achievement of personal and professional goals. This paper reports on the Connections for Learning Program (CLP), a collaborative, co-curricular initiative that supports undergraduate and postgraduate CALD students in the Faculty of Health at QUT.

The CLP comprises a suite of student-focussed strategies and capacity-building initiatives designed for students, academic staff and clinical supervisors. Based on a needs analysis undertaken in 2009, the Program addresses three focal areas of student need - Academic, Professional and Socio-cultural – through four key strategies: Language and Literacy, Workplace Preparation, Staff Development and Community Outreach. The model underpinning the CLP draws upon the four pillars of intercultural education: Learning to know; Learning to do; Learning to live together and Learning to be (UNESCO, 2006). Engagement in the program has been substantial with more than 6,500 students participating in one or more CLP activities over 2010-2013 period.

Quantitative and qualitative data indicate that the CLP is having positive, sustained impact on academic and clinical outcomes. As an example, more than 70% of students identified in 2011 and 2012 as ‘at-risk’ of failing particular courses went on to pass these courses. These results are supported by feedback from clinical staff which highlights students’ improved abilities to engage constructively with clinical practice.

Through its 4-pronged strategy and deliberative focus on creating safe, active learning environments, the CLP provides students with a powerful means to experience the ‘joy of learning’ (Wang et al, 2008). This is a strong catalyst for their engagement in the process and achievement of successful outcomes.

References:
[1] UNESCO. (2006). UNESCO Guidelines on Intercultural Education, Paris, France.
Wang, C.-W., Singh, C., Bird, B., & Ives, G. (2008). The learning experiences of Taiwanese nursing students studying in Australia, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 19(2), 140-150.
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R. Nash, R. Frohman, P. Lemcke (2014) CONNECTIONS FOR LEARNING: AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM TO SUPPORT CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS, INTED2014 Proceedings, p. 3157.
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