What makes a good university lecturer? Students' perceptions of teaching excellence

Su, Feng and Wood, Margaret (2012) What makes a good university lecturer? Students' perceptions of teaching excellence. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 4 (2). pp. 142-155. ISSN ISSN: 1758-1184, ESSN: 2050-7003

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that, in order to achieve teaching excellence, student
engagement in dialogue on this important matter is needed. Students’ conceptualisations of good
teaching are fundamental when building an understanding of what this is and how it can be
Design/methodology/approach – This paper reports on findings of a qualitative study of
undergraduate students’ perceptions of a good university lecturer. The paper draws on the secondary
dataset collected by four subject centres of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Findings – The interpretive analysis of the data shows that, from students’ perspectives, a
combination of the lecturer’s subject knowledge, willingness to help and inspirational teaching
methods makes a good university lecturer. Being humorous and able to provide speedy feedback were
also perceived as important factors. These findings have some important implications for academic
Originality/value – The key thesis advanced is that definitions of teaching excellence cannot be
adequately obtained from typologies and descriptions of techniques and skills. The authors’
contention is that deeper understandings are built through engaging students in meaningful dialogue
about pedagogy. This may uncover more profound layers of understanding of what makes good
teaching at university and so probe the more elusive aspects which defy measurement via scales or
performance indicators.

Item Type: Article
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Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: FRANK SU
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 17:02
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2018 23:18
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1746

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