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You are reading: Equity through complexity: Inside the “black box” of the Block Model

Written by Jen Jackson1, Kathy Tangalakis1, Peter Hurley1, Ian Solomonides1

Summary

The study looked inside the “black box” of the Block Model, interviewing VU leaders, academics and students about why it has improved retention and learning. The findings show that the Block’s impact comes not only from the Model itself, but from the complex context surrounding it. The study can help other universities recognise and manage complexity in equity-focused innovations.

This study investigated an innovation in higher education that has achieved demonstrable results for equity students: the Block Model at Victoria University (VU). The study looked inside the “black box” of the Block Model, interviewing VU leaders, academics and students about why it has improved retention and learning. The findings show that the Block’s impact comes not only from the Model itself, but from the complex context surrounding it. The study can help other universities recognise and manage complexity in equity-focused innovations.

Read the full study here: Equity Through Complexity: Inside The “Black Box” Of The Block Model (ncsehe.edu.au)


1Victoria University