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Psychology Teaching Review, v11 n1 p25-41 2005

Introduction: Research has shown that students do not like student presentations, yet a case can be made for them. This study seeks to understand the effects that presentations have on students. Method: Within an action research framework, two repeated-measures studies were completed, one with students undertaking assessed presentations the other with those doing non-assessed presentations. Respondents completed both measures of the Views on Teaching, Learning and Assessment questionnaire (VTLA, derived from Sander et al., 2000) at the start and at the end of each study. All respondents completed the Academic Behavioural Confidence scale (ABC, Sander & Sanders 2003) at the start of each study but its second measurement was taken when only part of each cohort had undertaken a presentation. Results: In the assessed presentation study, students who had done their presentations showed an overall increase in ABC, (p less than 0.05) indicating improved confidence. No such increase was found after the non-assessed presentation. In both studies, students showed significant increases in their responses to items on the ABC that related to public speaking, (p less than 0.05). The VTLA revealed that experiencing presentations as a teaching method can help students feel more positive about them and able to acknowledge benefits of presenting than they did prior to this experience. It also confirmed that students find presentations daunting and some have some concerns about learning from peers. Discussion: The different responses in the two studies may have been influenced by the way that presentations were integrated into modules at different levels. However, it would seem that the experience of presentations might raise student confidence in their own abilities although it is less likely to change their views of the prospect of presenting. (Contains 9 tables.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Projects, Public Speaking, Action Research, Teaching Methods, Measures (Individuals), Self Esteem, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Teacher Researchers, Peer Teaching, Student Attitudes

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Autor: Sander, Paul; Sanders, Lalage


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