A Focus Group Study of Student Attitudes to Lectures

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dc.contributor.author Hitchens, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.author Lister, Raymond en_US
dc.contributor.editor Margaret Hamilton and Tony Clear en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-13T08:51:04Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-13T08:51:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2009002674 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Hitchens Michael and Lister Raymond 2009, 'A Focus Group Study of Student Attitudes to Lectures', Australian Computer Society Inc., Australia, pp. 93-100. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 978-1-920682-76-7 en_US
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/12707
dc.description.abstract Abstract: This paper reports on the findings from focus groups, conducted at Macquarie University, on the attitudes of computing students to lectures. Students felt that two things were vital for a good lecture: (1) that the lecturer goes beyond what is written in the lecture notes; (2) that the lecture is interactive, by which students meant that the lecturer asks if students understand concepts and adjusts the delivery accordingly, and also the lecturer answers the studentsa?? questions. The students in the focus groups also discussed what makes for a bad lectures: (1) lecturers reading straight from slides; (2) lecturers who a??blame the studentsa??, by saying that students dona??t work hard enough and are too lazy to turn up to lectures; and (3) lecturers who cover the material too slowly or too quickly. The most prominent reason given for not attending lectures was the timetabling of lectures in such a way that students had too few classes in one day to make the sojourn to university worthwhile. Any university seeking to improve attendance at lectures should perhaps look as much to improving its timetabling practices as it does to improving the practices of its individual lecturers. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher Australian Computer Society Inc. en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://crpit.com/confpapers/CRPITV95Hitchens.pdf en_US
dc.title A Focus Group Study of Student Attitudes to Lectures en_US
dc.parent Eleventh Australasian Computing Education Conference en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 93 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 100 en_US
dc.cauo.name FEIT.Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 139900 en_US
dc.personcode 0000059672 en_US
dc.personcode 010292 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other Education en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom Australasian Computing Education Conference en_US
dc.date.activity 20090120 en_US
dc.location.activity Wellington, New Zealand en_US
dc.description.keywords lectures, student attitudes, focus groups. en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 010292 en_US

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