Published on 5 September 2013
More than 80 Year 4 school students from Gympie will play detectives for a day when they visit the University of the Sunshine Coast in the name of research tomorrow (Friday 6 September).
The visit is part of a research project, My Tertiary Education Day (MyTED), led by USC Lecturer in Computer-Based Design Dr Uwe Terton and USC Academic Developer Dr Ruth Greenaway.
Students from Gympie South State School and Cooloola Christian College will be on campus from 10am-2pm and will be tasked with finding clues to solve a mystery.
They will also visit a science lab, sit in on a paramedic demonstration and get involved in Indigenous education activities while on campus.
Dr Terton said the MyTED research project used interactive e-book technology to discover the aspirations for higher education in young children, including those from low socio-economic backgrounds.
He said even at Year 4, children were already thinking about what they wanted to do and what they could be capable of doing when they are older.
“This research is designed to tap into these thoughts and nurture early aspirations to tertiary education,” he said. “The e-book will show narratives about non-traditional paths to higher education, highlighting the level of support available.
“Children can contribute to these narratives through ‘Photo Voices’, which is a visual documentation of their own surroundings showing where they see themselves now, in high school, after high school and beyond.”
The research is being conducted through regular interactive sessions with students at Gympie South Primary and Cooloola Christian College.
Dr Terton hopes to publish an e-book, including a sample of contributions from students, once the research is completed in December. A focus of the project is on improving student literacy, specifically digital literacy, which will help students with language development.
— Jessica Halls