One of the most significant development requirements for the majority of our students is their need to develop the ability to express themselves academically. This involves a combination of skills and abilities that will enable the students to bring together their learning, research findings, critical thought, and conclusions in a format and form that is academically sound and logically constructed. While the various skills discussed in the academic skills and attributes section all contribute to this, bringing these skills together constructively and effectively requires further learning, developmental opportunities and opportunities for feedback.
Course teams need to recognise this in the design of their course, integrating specific opportunities for such learning and development into all levels of their provision. As depicted in the FHEQ level outcomes (see section on Learning Outcomes), students are expected to demonstrate learning in their abilities to express themselves:
Students will need to be taught the meaning of these levels of achievement, provided with ample opportunities to explore ‘good’ examples, and possibly critique poorer examples, in order to develop their personal understanding of the expectations on them for academic expression.