Students` perceptions of workshop based introductory macro-economics tutorials: a survey

Jain, Ameeta 2006, Students` perceptions of workshop based introductory macro-economics tutorials: a survey, Economic papers, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 235-252.

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Title Students` perceptions of workshop based introductory macro-economics tutorials: a survey
Author(s) Jain, AmeetaORCID iD for Jain, Ameeta
Journal name Economic papers
Volume number 25
Issue number 3
Start page 235
End page 252
Publisher Economic Society of Australia
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 0812-0439
Keyword(s) student perceptions
workshop-based tutorials
Summary The declining popularity of Economics courses, evident in the last decade, has fuelled a debate on the nature of Economics units and the way in which they are taught in tertiary institutions. The effectiveness of traditional teaching methods has been questioned as lecturers search for alternative ways of presenting material and engaging students. In recent times, workshop-based/cooperative tutorials have become more popular in promoting deeper learning. This paper assesses the application of such an approach at a large tertiary institution. It evaluates student perceptions of this tutorial method in an Introductory Macroeconomics first-year unit. An anonymous questionnaire was used. Whilst the sample size is small (n = 56), the results are important in that this is the first such study in Macroeconomics. Students found workshop-based tutorials useful, preferred them over lecture style tutorials, and found that they fostered inclusivity. The importance of tutorials per se, is reiterated. Students state that tutorials are an important adjunct to lectures. This study also looks at students' study habits: finding that on average they spend less than one hour per week studying Economics and most prepare only occasionally for tutorials. The sample studied indicates that there are notable differences in the perceptions of tutorials and teaching methods between the genders and between local and international students. This may impact on the way in which tutorials are conducted effectively.
Notes JEL code: A22
Language eng
Field of Research 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Economic Society of Australia
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