Frustrated by high student attrition and failure rates – both course-specific and overall within Victoria University of Wellington’s (VUW) Level 4 University Preparation programme – the author developed and introduced team-based, creative learning exercises and assessments into the social science elective (UP016) in an attempt to overcome this situation. The introduction of team-based, creative learning (TBCL) resulted in improved student retention and course pass rates for UP016 and has had positive socio-educational outcomes for both students and teachers. This article and the accompanying video, produced with the assistance of an AKO Good Practice Publication Grant (GPPG10-004), examines the rationales behind the introduction of TBCL; the operational mechanics (e.g. group formation); problems encountered and consequent refinements made; possible improvements for future applications of TBCL; and the impact of TBCL on student retention and success in UP016 over four trimesters during 2009–2010.
Howland, P. J. (2010). Team-based, creative learning and bridging education. In Good Practice Publication Grants e-book. Wellington, New Zealand: Ako Aotearoa.