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Title: ‘Relationship-Rich Education’: Promoting Student Belonging for Success
Contributor(s): Volpe, Cat  (author)orcid ; Adlington, Rachael  (author)orcid ; Harrington, Ingrid  (author)orcid ; O'Neill, Kristy  (author)orcid ; Grono, Stephen  (author)
Publication Date: 2023
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A sense of belonging and personal connection can be argued as essential for both staff and students alike regardless of the learning context. In this pandemic era, 'Relationship-rich education' philosophies for universities are considered more vital than ever due to increased online learning (Felten & Lambert et al., 2020). To-date, higher education students' sense of belonging is a concept that has not been adequately conceptualised. The current literature on 'sense of belonging' spans a number of disciplines, with no apparent consensus on definition between these, complicated by the fact that sense of belonging is temporal and context-sensitive such as during COVID-19. Whilst there has been recent studies outlining the student experience of belonging in the online space (Peacock et al., 2020), investigation of teacher/educator experiences have been relatively overlooked. This presentation will present interim findings from the SoE CSSP that explored students' sense of belonging to their education units.

Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: UNE 2023 Learning and Teaching Symposium, Armidale, Australia, 27 July, 2023
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160102 Higher education
160201 Equity and access to education
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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