ERIC Number: ED218981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Learning Process in Terms of Styles and Strategies: Case Studies. Research Bulletin 59.
Case studies involving learning styles and strategies in English as a second language are examined, based on previous research in which two English pilot tests were administered to a sample of Finnish University students. Those who scored high and low on the two tests were selected for structured interviews, where attention was directed to preference for structure in the learning situation, social and environmental elements, motivation, and responsibility, as well as specific learning and performance strategies in foreign language. The results were in accordance with conceptual level theory: in interview situations the high conceptual level cases considered different aspects of the questions, saw several alternatives, did not often give an either-or answer, and were more verbal and specific in their responses than were the low conceptual level cases. With regard to task performance strategies, many cases, notably those with rather low conceptual level, were hardly able to give a description. It also seemed that the poorer the performance of the cases, the more easily they resorted to the use of native language. Findings are also reported regarding: preference for structure in mathematics and foreign language, structuring acoustic material, and learning strategies in foreign language lessons. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Inst. of Education.
Note: For a related document, see ED 201 604.