The Integrative Approach to Student Development
An Investigation of Debaters’ Involvement in Radio Broadcasting at The University of the West Indies, Mona
Keywords:integrative approach, co-curricular programme, student engagement, radio broadcasting
This article examines debating and public speaking students’ involvement in co-curricular activities in radio broadcasting at The University of the West Indies, Mona using an integrative approach. The study utilised a qualitative and exploratory research design technique and highlights interviews from the students as well as focus group sessions with lecturers and past students from the debating society.
The study reveals two interesting findings: first, the approach had an impact on respondents’ analytical skills and gave practical understanding to theoretical concepts not fully ventilated in the classroom; and second, the respondents also reinforced the importance of simulated activities in the learning process. They asserted that learning required not only books, but also people and experiences. Perry’s Theory of Cognitive and Ethical Development (1998) as well as Tinto’s Student Integration Theory (1993) support the findings. Both theories give credence to the role of social experiences and simulations in enhancing the learning experiences of students.