ERIC Number: ED336349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Modifying the Learning Environment of Students To Enhance Personal Learning.
Dart, Barry C.; Clarke, John A.
The aim of this project is to increase teacher education students' understanding of the learning process by focusing on their own learning experiences. In 1990, 67 preservice teacher education students in 4 classes completed measures of academic locus of control, perceived competencies in self-directed learning, and study processes before and after a semester course in a specially designed program in educational psychology. The program focused on students taking a greater responsibility for their own learning by exposing them to a variety of learning experiences. These experiences include negotiation of the curriculum; self-, peer-, and collaborative assessment; and critical reflection on these and other learning experiences by means of an ongoing learning log. Results indicate an increase in academic locus of control for one class; an increase in perceived competence in a number of aspects of self-management in learning; and an increase in deep motive, achieving strategy, and deep approach to learning. These outcomes are discussed in terms of the congruence between these changes and the particular learning experiences to which the students were exposed. This paper concludes with a list of 35 references and 2 appendixes--"Items: Competencies in Self-Directed Learning Scale" and "Student Evaluation of Subject." (Author/IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, December 1990).