Extract from: Education in a Changing Environment 13

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Student Guidance

Some students felt that they were not receiving enough guidance or structure to their learning, one said:

“Students don’t get ideas about reading round, etc – need some guidance outside of lecture to put what is learned into overall perspective which only emerged at the time of final assessment”

They wanted to have an exact list of activities that tells them precisely what is expected of them. A member of staff, who stated that part time mature learners require a more structured approach to material delivery, supported this claim. This could imply that blended learning is not welcome if it involves a more student centred approach.

We believe that we are confronted with the “culture” of adult learners, who have been through the school system with the teacher playing the role of ‘sage on the stage’ and the students absorbing the knowledge.

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