Effective university teaching: views of Australian university students from low socio-economic status backgrounds

Marcia Devlin, Helen O'Shea
  • Teaching in Higher Education, August 2012, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2011.641006

What low SES students want

What is it about?

This article outlines what a sample of successful students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds told us helped them succeed. The focus is on teaching strategies and approaches, and the characteristics of the teachers they found most helpful to success. Not surprisingly, they favoured clear communication about assessment and other requirements of them and accessibility of teaching staff to answer queries, among other factors.

Why is it important?

This article provides clear, unambiguous advice for teaching staf and their leaders about how to teach students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in ways that help them to succeed. This is important advice at a time when the numbers and proportions of students from varied backgrounds at university are growing.

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