students’ perceptions

  • Students’ Perceptions on Learner-Centered Teaching Approach

    Author: Rissaphop Treesuwan
    Author: Tanes Tanitteerapan
    Year of publication: 2016
    Source: Show
    Pages: 151-158
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.2016.45.3.12
    PDF: tner/201603/tner20160312.pdf

    There is growing evidence that the traditional “instruction-centered approach” to learning is not producing the desired learning outcomes in students. Many institutions of higher education in Thailand make it their main thrust to enable their students to become critical, independent thinkers and have the sense of ownership in the learning process. Most schools have shifted the focus in the classroom from conventional teaching to facilitating effective learning. This study centered on the impact of adopting the “learner-centered approach.” Fifty students studying Industrial and Logistics Management at North Bangkok University took part in the assessment. The case study method was utilized and quantitative as well as qualitative data were generated with the use of a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. Findings revealed that the implementation of “Learner-Centered Education” enhanced the learning outcomes and contributed to the attainment of quality education for the university.

  • Students’ perceptions of themselves as readers and the concept of reading

    Author: M. Renuga
    Author: B. Kanchana Mala
    Year of publication: 2015
    Source: Show
    Pages: 86-97
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.2015.41.3.07
    PDF: tner/201503/tner20150307.pdf

    The study was conducted on 122 first-year engineering students at the tertiary level to explore the students’ perceptions of themselves as readers and the concept of reading. Data collected by open-ended brainstorming interviews with the students were classified according to the themes and presented in tables. The result of the study demonstrates that most of the students at this level wish to be good readers since they feel that reading improves their personality, word power and employability skills. The presented study aimed at finding the opinions of young adults because in the present age, more emphasis is put on the role of the learner in the language learning process. As language learning is primarily a learner-oriented activity, learners’ preferences influence their learning. Interest on the part of the reader plays a vital role in developing the habit of reading. Hence, learners’ needs and interests should be taken into consideration for effective learning and teaching to take place. Thus, the study shows that it is appropriate to understand students’ conception of reading for promoting their interest in reading and enhancing their reading skills.

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