Personal and relationship dimensions of higher education science and engineering learning communities

Eames, Chris and Stewart, Kevin (2008) Personal and relationship dimensions of higher education science and engineering learning communities. Research in Science & Technological Education, 26 (3). pp. 311-321. ISSN 0263-5143 (print) 1470-1138 (online)

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The research reported here follows previous articles in this special issue which detail a national study involving a team of researchers across four higher education institutions in New Zealand. A key theme that emerged from a collection of questionnaire, interview and observational data was the central importance of teacher–student and student– student relationships, as part of the learning communities. Both teachers and students highlighted the value of developing a personal dimension to their relationships that engendered a greater sense of access and loyalty to that community. Contextual factors such as approachability of teachers, class size and teaching environment appeared to be important to relationship building and enculturation in higher education science and engineering learning communities.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:Wintec University of Waikato Learning science and engineering
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Science and Primary Industries
ID Code:139
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