A portrait of connection through consultation: Tasmanian senior secondary sport and recreation management students—cross-sectoral partners and the role of authentic and meaningful pedagogy to impact a small island scommunity
Craw, MJ and Strand, B and Woodroffe, JJ and Latham, R, A portrait of connection through consultation: Tasmanian senior secondary sport and recreation management students cross-sectoral partners and the role of authentic and meaningful pedagogy to impact a small island scommunity, International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education pp. 1-13. ISSN 2471-1624 (2019) [Refereed Article]
In the 21st century, the need for curricula and student-centered inquiry to
be authentic, meaningful and transformative is widely accepted by the
primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors. To achieve this, participation of high-school students in university curricula is an approach that
should be considered, as it could extend the education and societal
opportunities typically available. However, so far there exists a shortage
of literature discussing this approach or evaluating its long-term impacts.
The island state of Tasmania (Australia) is a small embryonic-regionaleconomy in which the youth are often held back from navigating their
way into prosperous adulthood by long-established societal and financial
challenges, including seventh (7th) generation unemployment, the highest youth suicide rate in the country, an inert labor market, reduced
numbers of fulltime jobs, an increasingly growing dependence on welfare,
and one of the country’s highest school drop-out rates. Combined, these
issues appear overwhelming. Since 2014, the state’s only university, education department and local industry have collaborated to deliver deeper
learning to senior secondary students. Data suggest the "deeper"
approach has been meaningful because it meets the immediate and
longer-term needs of those the pre-tertiary and tertiary education systems
are attempting to serve. Given the collaboration and longer-term needs,
a university 100 level Sport & Recreation Management (SRM) course
delivered to senior secondary school students (years 11 and 12) through
the lens of a community of emerging practice has merit because the
university is well placed to facilitate complementary thinking for sophisticated phenomena.
educational partnership, higher education, pedagogy, sport and management