oa The Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning - Investigating the nature of epistemological access afforded by a first-year chemistry intervention programme : towards a pedagogy of possibility!
This paper describes a study motivated by a general concern to capture innovative and effective practice in higher education, supporting a move towards a 'pedagogy of possibility', 'understanding who we are and what we do', opening up 'new ways of being in the university' (Boughey, 2010). The research seeks to investigate the nature of epistemological access afforded by a first-year chemistry intervention programme, with an ultimate aim of contributing to the development of effective spaces for learning in higher education. The study is regarded as dynamic in terms of its emergence from, and its intended contribution to, practice. The outcome of this somewhat emergent process not only suggests relevant and useful insights into educational practice in higher education but also offers an appropriate and meaningful model for conducting research in higher education. This research contributes to the field both pedagogically as well as methodologically.
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