ERIC Number: ED190636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Motivation, Styles of Learning, and the Academic Environment.
The current stage in an on-going research program of student learning is summarized. With two more years to run, provisional research provides the beginnings of a model of student learning which is neither static nor mechanistic. Recent research has placed emphasis on describing how students learn and how learning is affected by the academic environment. Three stages of learning are described (intention, process, and outcome), and serialist and holist learning styles are contrasted. Serialists rely on facts, and the logical relationship between them, in building up understanding (operation learning). The holist strategy involves building a conceptual map through complex ideas in which links are actively sought with previous experience (comprehension learning). A questionnaire has been developed, the first part containing items assessing dimensions related to the studying process, and the second part being a set of items indicating students' perception of their major department. The final part of the research program examines the extent to which students differ in personality characteristics. The outcome is intended to be a student learning model which can be computer simulated. (GK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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