Explaining Diversity in Studentsâ€™ Views and Expectations about Teaching and Learning Process in Higher Education
AbstractThis paper provides a quantitative analysis of student perceptions in regard to their views and expectations about the purpose of university study. Over 800 survey responses from students attending a leading Australian university forms the empirical basis. Factor analysis was used to explore themes (or dimensions) based on data collected via a paper-and-pencil survey. Multivariate analysis of variance was then undertaken using studentsâ€™ factor scores as dependent variables, and age, sex, ethnicity, study discipline, study level, and academic performance as grouping variables. Four factors (Approach to Teaching, Active Participation, Communication and Feedback, and Clarity of Focus and Purpose) reflected studentsâ€™ views and expectations about the university teaching and learning process. These labels typified behaviour that reflected studentsâ€™ keen interest in the lecturerâ€™s teaching approach, active participation in the teaching and learning process, and the lecturersâ€™ responsiveness to studentsâ€™ needs. In turn, studentsâ€™ perceived views about and expectations were affected by their sex, ethnicity, study discipline, level of study, sex-ethnicity interaction.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia in its series Discussion Papers Series with number 438.
Date of creation: 2011
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-10-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2011-10-09 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2011-10-09 (Labour Economics)
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