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The impact of performance skills on students’ attitudes towards the learning experience in higher education

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posted on 2011-03-04, 00:00 authored by Rachael Hains-Wesson
One way to assist in transforming a lecture experience into an occasion that can attract and engage students is via the use of performance techniques. Investigating the impact of certain types of performance skills on students' attitudes towards the learning experience can help better understand the relevance of such techniques in face to face and online learning experiences. This paper outlines a project which: i) surveyed students about their attitudes towards face to face and online recorded lectures, ii) surveyed students about their attitudes towards performance techniques, in particular, spatial awareness, vocalisation, eye contact and passion, iii) interviewed lecturers about the potential benefits of performance techniques to student learning in the lecture theatre, and iv) investigated which factors most affected a teacher's decision to incorporate performance techniques in the lecture theatre. The results suggest that students and lecturers value face to face delivery of content, recognising the benefit of performance techniques in the lecture theatre. Recommendations are made regarding ways to encourage a wider use and evaluation of performance techniques in teaching and learning at the university level.

History

Journal

Issues in educational research

Volume

21

Pagination

22 - 41

Location

Perth W.A.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0313-7155

eISSN

1837-6290

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal