Scaffolding their scaffolding: When tutors say they will when they wont

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Education




Clarkson, B. & Brook, C. (2006). Scaffolding the scaffolders: When tutors say they will when they won't. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1652-1659). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/23227/.


This paper reports the third stage of a longitudinal case study exploring the ongoing development of a core undergraduate unit in interactive media offered through an Australian university. For several years the outcome of this unit had been marked by high drop out and failure rates. Earlier stages of this study explored the manner in which authentic assessment aligning with system polices influenced the outcome of the learning experience. The penultimate stage explored the inclusion of scaffolding in course design and the influence this had on student satisfaction with the learning experience and rate of success. Guided by the findings of these explorations, this stage of the enquiry investigates the challenges facing tutors learning to scaffold their students learning. In particular it explores tutor interpretation and application of scaffolding strategies and the manner in which this might influence student outcomes.

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