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Trials of large group teaching in Malaysian private universities: a cross sectional study of teaching medicine and other disciplines

Thomas, Susan, Subramaniam, Shamini, Abraham, Mathew, Too, LaySan and Beh, LooSee 2011, Trials of large group teaching in Malaysian private universities: a cross sectional study of teaching medicine and other disciplines, BMC research notes, vol. 4, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-4-337.

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Title Trials of large group teaching in Malaysian private universities: a cross sectional study of teaching medicine and other disciplines
Author(s) Thomas, Susan
Subramaniam, Shamini
Abraham, Mathew
Too, LaySan
Beh, LooSee
Journal name BMC research notes
Volume number 4
Article ID 337
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-09-09
ISSN 1756-0500
Keyword(s) learning experience
teaching experience
teaching style
teaching resource
innovative teaching
Summary BACKGROUND: This is a pilot cross sectional study using both quantitative and qualitative approach towards tutors teaching large classes in private universities in the Klang Valley (comprising Kuala Lumpur, its suburbs, adjoining towns in the State of Selangor) and the State of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. The general aim of this study is to determine the difficulties faced by tutors when teaching large group of students and to outline appropriate recommendations in overcoming them.

FINDINGS: Thirty-two academics from six private universities from different faculties such as Medical Sciences, Business, Information Technology, and Engineering disciplines participated in this study. SPSS software was used to analyse the data. The results in general indicate that the conventional instructor-student approach has its shortcoming and requires changes. Interestingly, tutors from Medicine and IT less often faced difficulties and had positive experience in teaching large group of students.

CONCLUSION: However several suggestions were proposed to overcome these difficulties ranging from breaking into smaller classes, adopting innovative teaching, use of interactive learning methods incorporating interactive assessment and creative technology which enhanced students learning. Furthermore the study provides insights on the trials of large group teaching which are clearly identified to help tutors realise its impact on teaching. The suggestions to overcome these difficulties and to maximize student learning can serve as a guideline for tutors who face these challenges.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1756-0500-4-337
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
1199 Other Medical And Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Thomas et al.
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30111689

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