ERIC Number: ED175336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The First Lecture: Impact on and Implications for Students Who Are New to the University. TERC Research and Development Paper No. 54.
An analysis and discussion are presented of observations of 27 different first lecture situations at the University of New South Wales at the beginning of 1978. The analysis was intended to provide teachers with a range of data about what occurred during first lectures in schools other than their own, and to highlight the potential impact of the occasion on first-year students. Findings suggest that staff devote a large proportion of the first lecture talking to students about the formal requirements of particular courses and the nature of their disciplines, while simultaneously sending cues or covert messages about what students really need to do in order to pass the course and effectively fulfill their roles as students. It is suggested that both the overt and covert messages can be used by students to help them work out a realistic and viable approach to university demands in the academic and other spheres. A checklist of questions for an instructor to consider in preparing the first lecture is included. (Author/PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). Tertiary Education Research Centre.