n South African Journal of Higher Education - Students' perceptions of teaching methods used at South African Higher Education Institutions : part 1

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The purpose of this study was to ascertain students' perceptions of selected methods used for teaching undergraduate students. A total of 200 Level 3undergraduates in the Faculty of Education at the University of Zululand, Kwa-Dlangezwa, South Africa, completed a questionnaire about the frequency of various teaching methods used by lecturers; their perceptions of the most effective ones; and their reasons for their preferences. The findings revealed that the lecture method was the one most often used. Students felt that they were less frequently exposed to alternative teaching methods that require them to participate actively. Although lectures are useful when teaching large groups and enable lecturers to present factual material logically, the communication is one-way and students often feel passive. Two important recommendations that emerged from the study are for lecturers to expose students to multiple teaching methods, thereby maintaining a balance, and to consider using innovative educational technology to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

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