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Student Understanding, Participation and Engagement: A Small Scale Quantitative Study

Gossman, Peter, Williams, E., Gorden, C. and Evans, S. (2015) Student Understanding, Participation and Engagement: A Small Scale Quantitative Study. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 3 (2). pp. 38-49. ISSN Online: 2051-9788

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Within the current Higher Education focus on the student experience, this study explores the possible relationship between the three issues of participation, engagement and understanding. The study emerged from a conversation between colleagues about student evaluation of taught sessions. From this, a diagram outlining sectors of participation, engagement and understanding was constructed and a minute paper style instrument developed for easy implementation in large classes. The evaluation instrument was utilised with one class over a period of eight weeks involving four lectures, each utilising think/pair/share exercises to a different degree. The results show different levels of self-reported participation, engagement and understanding related to the frequency and occurrence of the think/pair/share exercises.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Student engagement, participation, understanding, lectures, active, Higher Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Copyright Info: Open Access Journal
Depositing User: Peter Gossman
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2019 09:53
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:28

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