I am looking into introducing some kind of reward and recognition system for students involved in co curricular activity - does anybody know of any useful research to use as a starting point?
Well there have been student intern schemes around some of the CETLs and there are some more recent ones. Have you seen Sabine Little's book - Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education.
Then there are the academic partners schemes such as at BCU and Exeter which have some similar features to that.
And an intrioguing one might be gaining academic credit for this (sounds a bit incestuous) but I have an example of that in my own degree where it is possible for a student co-design project to be an assessed component in another module
I wonder if Cathy Bovill's work on this has uncovered other examples of 'reward and recognition' too?
Hi, Katie. Not exactly research, but at my uni (University of South Australia) we have an initiative called Global Experience which incorporates a recognition system for co-curricular/extra-curricular activities - you might find this interesting. You can find more information at the following site - http://w3.unisa.edu.au/globalexperience/whatisge/experiencesuite.asp.
Let me know if you'd like any more information about this, and I can put you in touch with the right people.
The University of Surrey ran a conference in 2010 while developing their own Lifewide Learning award. The conference resources are available here:
Somewhere on the website there is some research into the various co-curriular and extra-curricular awards that already exist, here I think:
If you're a member of AGCAS there's a Task Group on Skills Awards and a resource section to accompany it (with case studies, award structures etc). I manage University of Birmingham's co-curricular Award the Personal Skills Award, (and I sit on the Task Group) and I'd be happy to chat to you about ours.
To follow up Charlotte's point about Lifewide learning that Surrey produced, there is a book edited by Norman Jackson (Learning for a Complex World) which has a great chapter on co-curricular awards.
many thanks to all the really useful responses...certainly some food for thought and relevant resources to get me started on thinking how to proceed.