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ERIC Number: EJ865519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Tutors and Tutorials: Students' Perceptions in a New Zealand University
Retna, Kala S.; Chong, Eric; Cavana, Robert Y.
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v31 n3 p251-260 Aug 2009
Students are considered to be the main "customers" in universities and polytechnics and increasingly they seek to have their needs met. This is one of the main reasons for persistent calls for the improvement of teaching in higher education. Tutors play an important role in the delivery of undergraduate education, although they are often perceived as a "neglected" or "invisible" group. This paper assesses students' perceptions of tutors and the factors that contribute to their learning in a New Zealand university. Survey questionnaires were administered to management students at the end of their course, to gather information on their perceptions of tutor effectiveness and to reflect on their overall tutorial experiences. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were undertaken of the data collected. The results supported the initial hypotheses that the learning environment, positive and constructive feedback and stimulating tutorials improve student learning and lead to higher levels of student satisfaction with their learning experiences at university. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand