An investigation of issues in the teaching and management of large classes

Hall, John, Binney, Wayne and Kennedy, Wendy 2005, An investigation of issues in the teaching and management of large classes, in Designs for Learning : 12th International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning, Common Ground, Altona, Vic..


Title An investigation of issues in the teaching and management of large classes
Author(s) Hall, John
Binney, Wayne
Kennedy, Wendy
Conference name International Conference on Learning (12th : 2005 : University of Granada, Spain)
Conference location University of Granada, Spain
Conference dates 11-14 Jul. 2005
Title of proceedings Designs for Learning : 12th International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning
Editor(s) Kalantzis, Mary
Cope, Bill
Publication date 2005
Publisher Common Ground
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Keyword(s) higher education class size
student needs
psychological needs satisfaction
Summary In a quest for a more efficient education system, many organizations have opted to increase class size. It is a common perception that large subjects are economical to run and small subjects are not. Many in the tertiary education system have had concerns with issues involved in the teaching of large classes, including teaching quality and whether there are effective learning outcomes for students. As with any complex issue, there are several approaches that could be utilized to assess whether the needs of stakeholders are being met. Stakeholders include the institution, the teaching staff, the community and the students. This study aims to assess whether universities are satisfying the needs of students as class size is increased. The study focuses on satisfaction with large classes and includes an assessment of the satisfaction of students' psychological needs. These constructs are measured in small, medium and large classes to identify the change in the level of satisfaction. The study used a multi-method approach consisting of a literature review, a qualitative phase involving in-depth interviews, focus groups, and a quantitative survey. The results show that while customer satisfaction is being met, the satisfaction of students' psychological needs are not being fully realised. It was also found that there were notable variations between individual students, the subjects being studied and degree streams of students taking the same subject. The implications of these findings and suggestions for further investigation are discussed in this paper.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2005, Common Ground
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040107

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