Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Perspectives from a Business School

Edited by Kathy Daniels, Caroline Elliott, Simon Finley and Colin Chapman

There is often little guidance available on how to teach in universities, despite there being increasing pressure to raise teaching standards, as well as no official requirement for academics to have any specific teaching qualification in many countries. This invaluable book comprehensively addresses this issue, providing an overview of teaching in a business school that covers all stages of student learning.
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Chapter 17: Teaching small groups

Alison McPherson


In this chapter I consider some of the issues and tactics you can use when you have a small group of students to teach. The importance of building relationships with students is discussed and I have approached this by considering aspects of the students’ different personalities; in particular introverts and extroverts. Teaching tips include how to approach setting boundaries, covering how you and the students will work together, the importance of doing so and, additionally, how to maximise student participation and engagement. I include some advice on ‘teaching by learning’ and how it can be used to good effect. The chapter concludes with some final thoughts on how each student is unique and that this should be valued.

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