The first session in Critical pedagogies course was more about the project brief and the theories we are going to stand up for in our research project. We are a group of students who are having a common purpose in finding solutions for part-time studies to become more beneficial for students. We aim to develop some questions and hypothesis that will guide us to a better understanding in balancing the part-time studies and the compromises we have to make regarding our life. In our first session, we identified some of the most critical vulnerabilities and challenges of our daily basis routine and based on this premises we started to unravel what are the most influential points and weaknesses of each part-time student experience and how is he managing to work with it through the part-time studies. In our search for critical elements, we discovered that NETWORK, TIME, TRAVEL and HAPPINESS are the most essential elements that are affected by part-time studies.
After analysing these aspects, we all agreed that it requires multi-tasking skills, commitment, time and a level of understanding on how to prioritise all the workload and other issues of your life.
Furthermore, we discovered some of the causes that are affecting part-time students and their studies. It has been taken into account not just the student life, but also the work outside the university, which came out being more stressful and engaging than expected. It was brought to our attention that one of the causes might be the employer’s pressure on part-time students. This is a point of view which many of us share as being a part-time student and working at the same time doesn’t leave you with much of a choice when it comes to responsibilities in your current job. The part-time student can’t neglect his duties at work or their studies.
Choosing to study part-time is a decision made based on different circumstances. These circumstances vary from one and another. Some might prefer part-time studies because their need of working and pursuing the architectural career and other might have picked it because of long distances, etc. There are many causes, and we aim to identify all of these and address it adequately to come up with a system that would help any part-time student pursue their dreamed career without being too affected in their daily basis routine. Moreover, in this first session, we started drafting some critical questions that will help us map other part-time students experience.