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ERIC Number: EJ1153507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1923-1857
Students' Perceptions of Teaching and Learning Practices: A Principal Component Approach
Mukorera, Sophia; Nyatanga, Phocenah
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v63 n2 p120-138 Sum 2017
Students' attendance and engagement with teaching and learning practices is perceived as a critical element for academic performance. Even with stipulated attendance policies, students still choose not to engage. The study employed a principal component analysis to analyze first- and second-year students' perceptions of the importance of the 12 teaching and learning practices used in the Economics modules. The results showed that first year students perceive lecturer consultation, ADO consultation, and revision classes as the most beneficial practices for their academic performance. Second-year students recognize interactive group learning practices as most beneficial for their academic performance; they also perceive weekly tutorials, PowerPoint lectures, small group tutorials, and revision classes as contributing the most to academic performance. Self-study and e-learning are perceived as the least beneficial by both streams of students. The main conclusion from this study was that first-year students are more likely to be solitary learners and prefer teaching and learning practices that involve one-on-one interaction with the instructor. On the other hand, second-year students tend to be more social learners, preferring teaching and learning practices that are in a group setup. This is a possible explanation of why they do not attend or engage with some teaching and learning practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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