ERIC Number: ED369749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Tertiary Students' Perceptions of Important Events That Occur in Their Learning Environments.
Clarke, John A.
This paper reports on the use of a semistructured but open-ended format to gather students' perceptions about the activities and behaviors they experience in different tertiary learning environments and the reasons why they feel the way they do. Tertiary students were asked to write about events they liked, did not like, felt helped their learning, and felt hindered their learning in six learning environments: large group lectures, small group lectures, seminars/tutorials, one-to-one teaching, practical settings on campus, and practical settings off campus. Subjects included 1,249 students at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Findings indicated that students like it when practical application or experiential learning occurs, presentations by the lecturer are clear, discussion of content occurs, class size is appropriate, and the classroom is personalized. Students do not like it when pacing of presentations is not appropriate, presentations are unclear, there is no variety in classroom presentation or activities, the class is not disciplined by the lecturer, and the content and discussion are not structured by the lecturer. There were strong links between what students like and what they claim helps them learn, and vice versa. Appendices contain the questionnaire format and a categorization of statements and reasons. (Contains 17 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, College Students, Educational Environment, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Lecture Method, Questionnaires, Seminars, Student Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Tutoring
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia