The Chinese Distance Learner's Perception of the Teacher Lecturer

By Kevin Nield.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper examines research carried out with Chinese distance learners in Hong Kong. The purpose of the research was to improve the educational experience of Hong Kong Chinese students studying distance learning courses of Sheffield Hallam University. The paper examines the teaching and learning preferences of Chinese learners, focusing upon Chinese students' perceptions of the role of the lecturer. This concept was investigated through the use of a single case study of 25 students who were studying for higher education qualifications by distance learning in Hong Kong. The case study investigation comprised 3 elements. These were a questionnaire that was completed by all 25 students; interviews with teaching staffand an e-mail focus group. Important findings from this research were that the role of the role of the teacher/lecturer is seen by Chinese students as didactic. S/he is also considered to be a friend by the Chinese students, a person who shows "heart" and is seen as a figure that provides moral guidance. These findings were not consistent with the role of distance learning teachers/lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. The paper concludes by making recommendations concerning the role of the distance learning tutor/lecturer and suggesting methods of more closely aligning this with the desired pedagogy of the Chinese distance learner.

Keywords: Distance Learning, Internationalisation, Perceptions, Role of the Teacher/Lecturer

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.277-284. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 552.744KB).

Dr. Kevin Nield

Faculty Learning, Teaching and Assessment Co-ordinator, Faculty of Organisation and Management, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Dr. Kevin Nield Ed. D. MSc, BA (Hon), PGCE, , Faculty LTA Co-ordinator and Teaching Fellow. Kevin has worked in a wide variety of positions within the catering and retail industries. He joined Sheffield Hallam University in 1990 and is currently the Faculty LTA Co-ordinator and Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Organisation and Management. His main pedagogic research interests are in the areas of enhancing graduate employability, supporting international students and improving teaching and learning through staff development. He is the author of over 40 research papers, refereed articles, chapters in books on subjects such as Chinese learners, employability, quality management and has given many presentations at international conferences. Kevin is Director of the Centre for Pedagogic Innovation and Research in the Faculty of Organisation and Management, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.


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