Archive for small-group teaching

Really small tutorial supervision

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Many years ago when I was a student, I visited a friend in Oxford. As I arrived he had just come from a tutorial, at which he had been alone with the tutor (which was normal in Oxford) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 January]

Is small group teaching doomed?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 November 2008 by Steve

“In the university system in these islands, one of the basic points of consensus, at least in pedagogical terms, is that learning is most effective when teaching is conducted in small groups. This has had its most pure form in Oxford and Cambridge, where traditionally tutorials (or ’supervisions’ in Cambridge) were conducted on a one-to-one or maybe one-to-two basis; and while this Oxbridge system may be ideal, it is generally recognised as being unaffordable for most higher education institutions. However, small groups of somewhere between five and eight students provide an environment in which the interaction between tutor and student, and indeed between the students, can significantly enhance the learning experience. In fact, small group teaching at that level has become quite rare …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 November]