Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 6, No. 1 (2009)

“I don’t even know what her name is”: considering the challenge of interaction during the first year

Jacques van der Meer, University of Otago


First-year students have a need for connection with their peers and or teaching staff in their learning environment during the first year. This paper reports on research findings related to challenges related to first-year students’ experience of interaction with staff in tutorials and with other students through group work. These findings are then discussed in the current context of the teaching and learning of first-year students and suggest that more attention need to be paid to creating conditions that enhance students interaction with each other and teaching staff.

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