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Great expectations: sixth-formers' perceptions of teaching and learning in degree-level English

Great expectations: sixth-formers' perceptions of teaching and learning in degree-level English

Smith, Karen and Hopkins, Chris (2005) Great expectations: sixth-formers' perceptions of teaching and learning in degree-level English. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 4 (3). pp. 304-318. ISSN 1474-0222 (Print), 1741-265X (Online) (doi:10.1177/1474022205056173)

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Abstract

This article feeds into the discussion of transitional issues begun in Volume 2 of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. It draws on research into A-level students' expectations of university English and how these compare to the experiences of first-year students, university lecturers and A-level teachers. The data presented are drawn from innovative focus group sessions which gave pre-higher education and first-year university students a range of exercises to encourage them to focus on their expectations and experiences of studying English. These data were supplemented with teacher and lecturer interviews. The article concentrates on students' expectations of independent study and the experience of reading. The findings show that there is a mismatch between student expectations and the realities of university study. It is hoped that the outcomes of this research will contribute to a more informed transition from school to university by informing students' expectations before they enter university.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: A-level, degree level, English studies, expectations, first-year experience, transition
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
Faculty of Education & Health
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:20
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8293

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