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ERIC Number: EJ1036775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Massification and the Large Lecture Theatre: From Panic to Excitement
Arvanitakis, James
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v67 n6 p735-745 Jun 2014
In this article I examine the role of the contemporary university in light of the mass increase in class sizes that has occurred on an international scale. While we may look nostalgically back to a time when lectures numbered a few hundred students and tutorials had as few as ten, massification at undergraduate level is an inescapable fact of academic life today. I argue that this development is an opportunity and a challenge for lecturers and particularly teacher-researchers, who can and have risen to this challenge to strive for better and more creative teaching practices, without compromising the quality of content or delivery. I outline some of the strategies that I have employed with my first year sociology cohort, which numbers over 1,000 students, and the satisfaction and inspiration that comes from successfully reaching out to such a large student population. In addition, I canvas the positive impacts that derive from including students in the course development process, including to the extent that their input contributes to pedagogical research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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