Student survey 1 results: tutorial structure

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Chihuahua state, northern Mexico

 

Some student feel like more structure and guidance is needed for the tutorial. While understanding the need to review weekly lectures and readings before class and generate their own questions, some feel adrift with such a loose structure: ‘Maybe be more specific in what direction we are heading towards, in terms of the syllabus, so our questions can be relevant’; ‘I think leaving the discussion open to 30 people doesn’t enable everyone to contribute so maybe breaking off into smaller groups might prove more successful’; ‘Brief discussion of readings’. The experiment with students generating questions for tutorial time based on set readings and lectures has only been partly successful. Change tack to get more buy-in: students have agreed to take turns at briefly summarising weekly readings to kick off class question time. More time has been allotted to group work on cultural case studies as many students say this is the only time the group really gets to work together face to face.

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