University lecturers’ construction of the ‘ideal’ undergraduate student

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Title: University lecturers’ construction of the ‘ideal’ undergraduate student
Authors: Wong, B
Chiu, YLT
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Research on the ‘ideal’ or ‘good’ student tends to be situated within compulsory schooling. Few recent studies have focused on lecturers’ conceptualisation and construction of the ‘ideal’ university student. Informed by 30 in-depth interviews with lecturers from two post-92 English universities within the social sciences, we explore how the notion of ‘ideal’ student is understood in contemporary higher education. We focus on lecturers’ expectations of undergraduate students, as well as their views of the ‘ideal’ student in different teaching and learning contexts. We identified specific personal and academic skillsets that are desirable of students, including preparation, engagement and commitment, as well as being critical, reflective and making progress. The ability to achieve high grades, interestingly, is rarely mentioned as important. Implications for policy and practice are discussed as we present a much-needed update on the current features of the ‘ideal’ university student, which can influence student experience, especially the lecturer-student relationship.
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
Date of Acceptance: 19-Jul-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/62880
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2018.1504010
ISSN: 0309-877X
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Further and Higher Education
Copyright Statement: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: 1301 Education Systems
Publication Status: Published online
Online Publication Date: 2018-09-17
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