A Conceptual Framework for Effective Tutors and Tutoring within a Blended Learning Context

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This paper reports the findings of research that explored the practices of tutors in blended learning contexts. It investigated the skills, qualities and competences, particularly emotional competences, contributing to tutor effectiveness with the exploration including analysis of learners’ perceptions of their quality. The research was undertaken on vocationally relevant degree courses for part-time learners. A mixed methods approach was adopted to conduct a detailed study of eight tutors’ practice with data gathered from three principal sources. Interviews with tutors explored their approaches to delivery and considered factors that impacted on quality; students’ perceptions of their learning experiences were assessed using an attitude survey; an analysis of the content and communications in the virtual learning environment provided insight into tutors’ online practice. The research is based at a ‘post 1992’ university in the north of England and within an education disciplinary area. A conceptual framework is proposed for understanding the data generated in the form of a model of the observed tutor beliefs and practices. This represents an interpretation of effective practice in a particular cultural context and this framework may also be useful in understanding other instances of blended learning. The Model has three dimensions, which represent higher order ‘concepts' - constructivism, care/nurture and instrumentality, together with ‘lower level’ factors, which are provided to operationalise the three broad conceptual areas. Further, the model suggests qualities and skills of effective tutors and tutoring in the context under investigation, which could support lecturers, course leaders and managers in delivering successful blended learning programmes.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationEduLearn19
Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Proceedings
Pages317-323
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9788409120314
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event11th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies - Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Duration: 1 Jul 20193 Jul 2019
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Conference11th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Abbreviated titleEDULEARN19
CountrySpain
CityPalma de Mallorca
Period1/07/193/07/19
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Youde, A. (2019). A Conceptual Framework for Effective Tutors and Tutoring within a Blended Learning Context. In EduLearn19: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Proceedings (pp. 317-323)
Youde, Andrew. / A Conceptual Framework for Effective Tutors and Tutoring within a Blended Learning Context. EduLearn19: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Proceedings. 2019. pp. 317-323
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Youde, A 2019, A Conceptual Framework for Effective Tutors and Tutoring within a Blended Learning Context. in EduLearn19: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Proceedings. pp. 317-323, 11th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 1/07/19.

A Conceptual Framework for Effective Tutors and Tutoring within a Blended Learning Context. / Youde, Andrew.

EduLearn19: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Proceedings. 2019. p. 317-323.

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