And so begins Unit 2 of the PGCERT, after seemingly navigating the first unit successfully!
My research project has been in development for some time now and today I am beginning the first stage of the project in earnest.
I have around 14 students attending the film studio at the university to talk about the nature of teaching and learning, and have devised a series of questions (or prompts) to keep the discussion on topic.
The idea is that it I enter this project with no preconceived ideas, or agendas.
Hopefully I will acquire a diverse series of responses that i can then sit and review at a later date and look for patterns and areas of crossover that will form the basis of a one hour film that I will edit together.
Building on these responses I will then look to place them in context of a wider educational research to take forward for unit 2.
Its quite a daunting prospect to enter this project with such an open mind, but equally its absolutely essential to do so.
I feel i have to allow the answers flow without prejudice and then begin the second part of my own learning journey as a teacher.
The purpose of this project was to look at teaching and learning from the students perspective, having already covered my own thoughts and feelings in Unit 1.
I hope to learn as much as I did in the previous unit and hopefully provide a useful resource for people to watch also.
Ive selected a diversity of students from years 1 and 2, because these students are still in the formative period of their university experience.
I think if I had gone into third years then it would be more androgogical in nature, so not as relevant.
Questions are detailed below:
- Tell me about the differences between your previous education and NUA FMIP
- How have you found being more of an independent learner (from the more hand-held nature of school)?
- Tell me about your feelings when you first entered the classroom here
- tell me about a moment during a lecture where something clicked for you. has there been one? not necessarily at NUA.
- Tell me about what makes a successful lecture for you. what are things that work (for you?)
- Of the best lecturers/teachers you have had to date, what qualities have you enjoyed or responded to?
- Of the lecturers or teachers who didn’t connect with you, what are those elements that have made learning difficult.
- Tell me about a situation where the lecture/lesson wasn’t working for you and maybe the reasons why?
- What brings a lecture or a session to life for you. what are those moments when it comes alive?
- Have you found it possible to translate what you have learned into practice. How has this been possible. Examples of were it works?
- Tell me about your ideal lecture…
- What makes a good teacher? What personality traits? is personality important?
- Are you able to “read” a teacher/lecturer and tell if they care?
- Are you aware of a “persona” that a teacher may employ? Does this matter?
- How important is the learning environment? - class sizes, facilities etc?
- Why do you study? go to Uni?
- Whats the end result?
- Where does the pressure come from to do well? (fees, peer pressure, parents, self)
- Is higher education still relevant? - What does it do for you?