Learning in large learning spaces:the academic engagement of a diverse group of students.

Hunt, C., 2012. Learning in large learning spaces:the academic engagement of a diverse group of students. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 17, 195 - 205.

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Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1359674...

DOI: 10.1080/13596748.2011.626983


Teaching larger groups of students is a growing phenomenon in HE and this brings with it, its own challenges not least for the students themselves but also their lecturers. Demographic factors as well as the experiences that characterise us as individuals will impact upon our ability to learn. The pilot study reported here considered the “academic engagement” of a diverse group of students where their course is delivered in large learning environments. As a pilot study, the paper concludes with the identification of two areas which are worthy of further research. Firstly, the study highlighted that mature students were more likely to engage in learning strategies that are associated with surface learning – the binary opposite to which practitioners often strive to achieve. Secondly, the research suggests that students who appear to know their tutors well indicate a preference for study approaches that are likely to develop deeper learning.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:academic engagement ; surface learning ; engaged ; disengaged ; deep learning ; large groups ; post-compulsory education
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:20178
Deposited By: Clive Hunt
Deposited On:17 May 2012 14:34
Last Modified:06 Jun 2016 14:34


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