This paper reports on the investigation of students’ expectations of teaching attributes of their lecturers in engineering courses at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP). It involves 190 lecturers from different faculties who have been evaluated by their students. About 1,148 written comments from student evaluation were analysed focusing on their needs and expectations with regard to the teaching methods of their lecturers. The needs and expectations of the students seem to reflect the teaching attributes that the students desire to experience during classroom teaching. It is anticipated that the advance of technology can make teaching more interesting and thus would be able to fulfill the needs of students in the learning process. Eleven teaching attributes were found to be common with regard to teaching by UMP lecturers. They were language and clarity, interactivity, illustration with examples, communication skills, outside activities, offer discussion, engaging exercises and assignments, sense of humour and supplying notes. It was found out that the nature of teaching at UMP is by and large a single-approach exercise, such as lecturing, in contrast to what is expected by the students who are in favour of multiple approaches. Subsequently, the study proposed several suggestions in the effort to improve teaching effectiveness at UMP by taking into consideration the application of various approaches in meeting the needs and expectations of students.
|Keywords:||Teaching Attributes, Student Expectations, Teaching and Learning|
Director, Centre for Academic Quality Assurance and Development, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Vice Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Gambang, Pahang, Malaysia
Assistant Registrar, Centre for Academic Quality Assurance and Development, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
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