Developing a shared understanding of a sense of community in large classes
Francis, T., Kennedy-Clark, S., Eddles-Hirsch, K., & a’Beckett, C. (2020). Developing a shared understanding of a sense of community in large classes. Global Research in Higher Education, 3 (1), 25-34.
Over the past ten years, universities and other tertiary level institutions have seen a considerable increase in student enrolment. This has led to larger class sizes both in the lecture hall and tutorial classroom. Research has indicated that larger classes at the tertiary level have not only burdened teaching staff, but have also led to student disengagement in the lecture hall. Students, new to university life, have been found to be particularly unprepared for this type of learning environment. This project explores the shared understanding of how to create a sense of community in large class sizes within a School of Education. Three academics formed a partnership in an effort to share techniques that actively created a sense of community in lecture halls of over 200 students. This research is relevant not only in highlighting this problem, but in the sharing of recommendations and suggestions for large group teaching.
tertiary education, increased student enrolment, disengagement, community, large group teaching