Contemporary perspectives: An innovative approach to post-graduate study

This paper will report on the experiences of a group of five post-graduate students involved in the evolution of their own course on Contemporary Perspectives in Education. The impetus for this program stemmed from the desire to develop independent research projects within a collaborative learning environment. What emerged was an innovative structure that created a forum for intimate discussions which, at times, included specialised input from academics invited to participate with the group. In addition, assessment was negotiated to satisfy individual needs and academic standards. In a time of diminishing educational resources this innovative approach to course design and delivery may provide a flexible model for academics and post-graduate students involved in education.