ERIC Number: ED337107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Selecting Teaching Methods for Differing Educational Objectives in Higher Education.
Liow, Susan; And Others
A study was done to test the assumptions faculty make about the relationship between teaching methods and educational objectives. Using a survey of staff and students involved in undergraduate courses in Building, Estate Management and Psychology at the National University of Singapore, the subjects were asked to rank order a set of 13 educational objectives in terms of importance. Staff were then asked how effective they thought different teaching methods were in meeting these objectives. Students were asked how effective they thought the teaching methods actually were for particular courses. The teaching methods considered included lectures, seminars, quantitative assignments, and student project work. The educational objectives included preparing for a future career, understanding concepts, developing problem solving skills, preparing for examinations, developing communications skills, and gathering information. The results indicate some discrepancies between staff assumptions and student perceptions of the relationship between educational objectives and different teaching methods. There was clear evidence that, though much university teaching is lecture based, this is not the best method for meeting all educational objectives. Project work and other active learning approaches may be more appropriate in many settings. Twenty seven references, a copy of the survey instrument, and four tables are included. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National University of Singapore; Singapore
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association (5th, Singapore, September 1991).