AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF LECTURERS' VIEWS OF OUT-OF-CLASS ACADEMIC COLLABORATION AMONG STUDENTS

  • Susan Lopez-Nerney Teaches at the Centre for English Language Communication of the National University of Singapore
  • Teng Sze Mei Jessie Teaches at the Centre for English Language Communication of the National University of Singapore
  • Wu Siew Mei Teaches at the Centre for English Language Communication of the National University of Singapore
  • Toh L. S., Jacqueline E Teaches at the Centre for English Language Communication of the National University of Singapore
  • Norhayati Bte Mohd Ismail Teaches at the Centre for English Language Communication of the National University of Singapore
  • Lisa Meyer Teaches at the Centre for English Language Communication of the National University of Singapore
  • George M. Jacobs An Education Consultant with JF New Paradigm Education, Singapore
  • David Crookall Tecches at the Universite De Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
Keywords: assessment, collaboration, cooperative learning, group dynamics, out-of-class study, project work.

Abstract

This article reports an exploratory study of lecturers' perceptions of out-of-class academic collaboration (OCAC) among students at a large Singapore university. Two types of OCAC were investigated: collaboration initiated by students, e.g., groups decide on their own to meet to prepare for exams, and collaboration required by teachers, e.g., teachers assign students to do projects in groups. Data were collected via one-on-one interviews with 18 faculty members from four faculties at the university. Findings suggest that OCAC, especially of a teacher-required kind, is fairly common at the university. Faculty members' views on factors affecting the success of OCAC are discussed for the light they might shed on practices to enhance the effectiveness of OCAC.

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Published
2004-06-01
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