A Focus Group Study of Student Attitudes to Lectures

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dc.contributor.author Hitchens, M
dc.contributor.author Lister, RF
dc.contributor.editor Hamilton, M
dc.contributor.editor Clear, T
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-13T08:51:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Eleventh Australasian Computing Education Conference, 2009, pp. 93 - 100
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-920682-76-7
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 studentsâ questions. The students in the focus groups also discussed what makes for a bad lectures: (1) lecturers reading straight from slides; (2) lecturers who âblame the studentsâ, by saying that students donât 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.
dc.publisher Australian Computer Society Inc.
dc.title A Focus Group Study of Student Attitudes to Lectures
dc.type Conference Proceeding
dc.parent Eleventh Australasian Computing Education Conference
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.conference Australasian Computing Education Conference
dc.for 1399 Other Education
dc.personcode 010292
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.date.activity 2009-01-20
dc.location.activity Wellington, New Zealand en_US
dc.description.keywords lectures, student attitudes, focus groups. en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology/School of Software
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Human Centred Technology Design
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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