ERIC Number: ED366630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Analysis of Learning Conceptions Based on Three Modules.
Haygood, E. Langston; Iran-Nejad, Asghar
Three learning modules are described and investigated as they reflect different students' conceptions of and approaches to learning. The Schoolwork Module (SWM) focuses on task performance and involves a passive, incremental, piecemeal, and rote memory method of learning, parallel to what might be implied by the Information Processing model of memory. The Intentional Learning Module (ILM) is based on the tacit conception of learning as constructive internalization of external knowledge. The learner views the body of external information as privileged expert knowledge to be internalized. The Interest Creating Discovery Module (ICDM) is based on the conception of learning as the reorganization of one's own internal knowledge. An inventory was designed to measure the conceptions of learning corresponding to these modules, and it was administered to 194 undergraduate students. Factor analysis was used. It is apparent that all three approaches are used by college students. Only 8 of the 84 items show significant use of SWM, while 7 show use of ILM, and 15 show significant use of ICDM. ICDM may reflect an incorporation of learning conceptions from SWM and ILM, or ICDM users have reinterpreted the questions within their own approach. Two tables present study data. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intentional Learning Module; Interest Creating Discovery Module; Internalization; Schoolwork Module
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).