Teaching Large Groups: Implementation of a Mixed Model

Teaching Large Groups: Implementation of a Mixed Model

Andrea. Chester (RMIT University, Australia) and Andrew Francis (RMIT University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-962-5.ch012
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Abstract

This chapter describes the experiences of the authors as lecturers in the development of a new approach to teaching large groups of first-year undergraduate students in psychology. Drawing on constructivist and instructivist approaches, our mixed model incorporates both face-to-face and online components, capitalising on the relative strengths of each. Online material, with a strong emphasis on active engagement, is used to introduce students to the content before undertaking a more detailed reading of the key theoretical and research issues in the textbook. With this introduction to the material, lectures function as a “Review and Discussion” session rather than a didactic monologue. Outcomes of the mixed method suggest no adverse effects on student performance, and staff and students evaluate the new approach favourably. The mixed model approach to teaching large groups is one that might be adapted for a range of disciplines and content.

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