Students’ Response to Participating in an International Project on Readers’ Response to Lord of the Flies: Insights into Using Collaborative Teaching Techniques
Keywords:collaborative learning, fiction, higher education, international, reader response
Teaching literature through new techniques and judging its relevance in terms of students’ perceptions in an under-researched and significant area of study. This study aims to explore students’ response to new teaching methodologies being used in a literature classroom, as part of an international research project. This international project was a collaboration between Pakistan, the UK and Norway. Collaborative teaching techniques of using literature circles within each class and google circles across the three contexts (online) were used. The whole population of the students (n=12) who had participated in the international project were approached for interviews. All twelve participating students from Pakistan were interviewed to explore their reactions to the international study. Students felt that they learnt new things from the use of these innovative methods, were able to learn from foreigners and felt a sense of connectivity to their groups. It is recommended that students from Pakistan be given such exposure to overcome their hesitation as such research studies tend to have a positive impact on students. It is also recommended that further research be carried out in other contexts as well to determine if the use of such teaching pedagogies can benefit other teachers of literature.
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