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Perceptions of teaching and learning
Lecturer characteristics
Learning styles
Student assessment
Higher education
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Chew, S. F., & Wong, P. J. Y. (1994, November). A comparative study on undergraduates’ and graduates’ perceptions of teaching and learning. Paper presented at the Eightieth Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association, Singapore.
In order to refine teaching styles and methods of assessing students' learning, it is important to realise the perceptions different schools hold about teaching and learning. Thus, this study was undertaken to compare students in the Bachelor of Science with Diploma in Education (Secondary) programme (PGDE) on their perceptions of the desirable characteristics of a "good" lecturer, their preferences of teaching methods and student assessment, their motives for taking the course and their learning styles employed. The results indicate that both groups of students were genuinely interested in the courses they enrolled in. Although there was a high degree of unanimity among students in their conception of a "good" lecturer and their preferred learning styles, the PGDE students preferred lecturers who were more expressive. In addition, the PGDE students were more independent in their learning than the BSC students. The findings of the present study may serve to kindle some genuine ideas among lecturers on how to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the University.
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