TITLE

A COMPARISON OF CLASS PARTICIPATION OF BUSINESS VERSUS NON-BUSINESS STUDENTS: MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS FOR BUSINESS FACULTY

AUTHOR(S)
Reid, Jane S.; Anderson, Cynthia E.; Toncar, Mark F.; Qi Jiang
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
Review of Business Research;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p199
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A lot of research has focused on business students and their performance in the classroom. However, not a lot has been done at looking at their classroom participation compared to students in other academic colleges. This research effort gathered data from 16 percent of the student population at a Midwestern university and compared the business students to students from other academic disciplines on their reported GPA, how often they think it is appropriate to participate in class, how often they participate, attitudes about class participation, and attitudes about learning. The data do not bode well for business students compared to students in the compared academic disciplines in terms of their class participation which translates into problems that business faculty face. Their GPA's are the lowest compared to the other students, but contrary to popular belief, the business students did not report that they "hide" in the back of the classroom. They felt that they should speak out in class but not too much. When asked to rate their attitudes about class participation and learning, their ratings were significantly lower than students in arts and sciences and fine and performing arts; and when asked to rate statements about classroom participation and their comfort level, they were significantly lower than all of the students in other academic disciplines. Compared to the other students, they do not find their business classes fascinating nor are they enthralled with their class lectures and discussions. They don't necessarily remember the course material compared to the other students, and they aren't doing their best, but grades are important to them. They also don't seem to be interested in taking responsibility for asking questions, for taking the time needed to complete their studies, or for doing their best.
ACCESSION #
35601384

 

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