ERIC Number: ED172721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Informal Staff-Student Contact at the University of N.S.W. TERC Research and Development Paper No. 42.
Powell, J. P.
A study was conducted at the University of New South Wales to assess informal staff-student contact. A questionnaire was administered to a random sample of 100 staff, and 57 responses were obtained. Most contact outside of class hours were connected with matters arising from teaching activities but a number of meetings were held simply on the basis of friendship. Matters relating to the university generally and situations involving counseling gave rise to far fewer meetings. Most of the staff had extremely limited contact with students in social settings unrelated to the teaching role. The most common arrangement for contact was talking immediately after a class. Although almost half of the respondents felt that the amount of contact between themselves and their students was inadequate, only a small number believed that informal relationships with students was of no importance in university life. Shyness on the part of students was seen as the biggest obstacle. The other major obstacle seen by staff is their own lack of time. Findings from other studies on staff-student contact are cited. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). Tertiary Education Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia