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Cultivating a sense of belonging in part-time students


Kember, D and Lee, K and Li, N, Cultivating a sense of belonging in part-time students, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 20, (4) pp. 326-341. ISSN 0260-1370 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2001 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1080/02601370110048809


This study investigated the sense of belonging of part-time students through interviews with 53 novice or experienced students enrolled in part-time programmes in Hong Kong. It was found that students were more easily able to affiliate with their class groups or teaching staff than with their department or university. Seven methods are suggested for promoting a sense of belonging. Class cohesiveness can be developed through learning activities and maintaining classes as a cohort. Relationships with teaching staff can be developed through encouraging interaction, providing good quality teaching and making a positive initial impression. There was also evidence that a sense of belonging was more likely to develop if enrolment was through departments and part-time students had access to resources and facilities. The data showed that promoting a sense of belonging contributed to better quality learning outcomes and increased the chances of students completing programmes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:129792
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-12-18
Last Modified:2019-01-08

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