METHODOLOGICAL CHANGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: WHAT KIND OF STUDENT IS NECESSARY?

B. Junquera, M. Mitre

Universidad de Oviedo (SPAIN)
Current changes in higher education require the teacher ‘new ways to do the things’. However, whether students accept this new model has not been analysed yet. This work is looking for new knowledge not only about this issue, but its aim is also to discover what different kinds of students consider what a ‘model teacher’ is. As a result, we will obtain more information in order to improve students’ acceptation of this new educative model.
With this aim, we have carried out a survey among 173 Spanish business students. Our results can be summed up in the following way. The unhappiest students with their training program consider that a ‘model teacher’ is mainly able to be understood by his/her students. However, the happiest students with their training program consider that a ‘model teacher’ is mainly able to adapt contents and materials and to inspire interest by his/her students. As a result, the definition of a ‘model teacher’ depends on students’ happiness with their training program.