The first ADSHE Practitioner Project Award was announced at the end of 2018.
Jackie Hatfield and Tina Horsman are currently investigating the use of Lego Serious Play (LSP) within study support sessions. This multi-sensory medium allows students to unpack complex problems and challenges relating to themselves, their neurodiversity and their academic work. LSP allows students to investigate, manipulate and represent their ideas physically before creating a verbal and textual response. The aim of the project is to:
- Enhance student metacognition, which in turn enhances confidence, self-esteem and learning outcomes (Szumko, 2016)
- Enhance good practice with students in Study Support Service
- Enhance understanding of potential benefits of LSP in HE context
- Enhance development of inclusive practice
- Enhance student experience
- Enhance student well-being
The ADSHE Practitioner Project Award has enabled Jackie and Tina to buy a full Lego Serious Play pack. They have already started using it in their own 1:1 sessions, as well as offering workshops to colleagues. These include mental health advisors and mentors to students with dyspraxia, ADHD and autism.
Congratulations to Jackie and Tina, who were able to explain and share their work with ADSHE colleagues at our Annual Conference on 14th June 2019. For those who missed it, they will also be running a workshop at CPD South on 21st September 2019 and CPD North on 25th January 2020.