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ERIC Number: EJ1057226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-6044
Facilitating the Development of Study Skills through a Blended Learning Approach
Smith, Julian; Groves, Mark; Bowd, Belinda; Barber, Alison
International Journal of Higher Education, v1 n2 p108-117 2012
This study examined the effectiveness of a Blended Learning (BL) environment designed to facilitate the learning of study skills with a large (over 200) and diverse undergraduate student cohort in a Higher Education (HE) institution in the UK. A BL environment was designed using the model provided by Kerres & De Witt (2003), and was also designed to be consistent with Kolb's (1984) experiential learning cycle. Eight focus groups with six students were undertaken to examine student perceptions of their learning experience, and to establish if learning had taken place in each phase of Kolb's (1984) cycle. All students also completed a reflective study skills essay, and a sample of these were scrutinised for evidence of certain aspects of experiential learning. Student engagement in the module and the BL environment was examined through small group tutorials. The results suggest that the module encouraged a high level of student engagement, and learning in each stage of Kolb's (1984) experiential learning cycle, and that the use of a BL environment facilitated aspects of this experiential learning. Teachers in HE should therefore consider the potential benefits of a blended learning approach as a means of facilitating the experiential learning of study skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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