A Phenomenological Study on Experiencing in-Class Discussion Among University Students in Hong Kong


Adoption of various type of information and communication technologies in different teaching and learning activities have been a common practice all over the world. One of its adoptions is to facilitate an interaction among students through online discussion forum. While such practice wins a lot of adherents in higher education, there is a concern over justification of the employment by arguing that it may not help much or even discourages interaction among students. Instead of adopting information and communication technology, conventional in-class discussion is recommended. In a sense, it is subjected to how students perceive the activity. Experience shapes our perceptions on many things, including the way we perceive the outside world. As phenomenology is one of the theories in probing meaning of experience to a person, it is adopted as theoretical framework for this paper in understanding the experience of in-class discussion among university students in Hong Kong. Collecting and triangulating data from semi-structured interviews and auto-ethnography, this paper proclaims that how students perceive in-class discussion is not solely decided by themselves. Their perceptions towards the learning activity and even learnings are shaped by their past experiences in the society. When educationists trying to arouse learning motivation and increase learning effectiveness among students, finding from this paper suggests that past experience of students should be one of the factors for considerations.

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Shui Kau Chiu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Conference: ACEID2019
Stream: Learning Experiences

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