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ERIC Number: EJ1177512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Approaches to Studying in First-Year Engineering: Comparison between Inventory Scores and Students' Descriptions of Their Approaches through Interviews
Pettersson, Kerstin; Svedin, Maria; Scheja, Max; Bälter, Olle
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v75 n5 p827-838 May 2018
This combined interview and survey study explored the relationship between interview data and data from an inventory describing engineering students' ratings of their approaches to studying. Using the 18-item Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST) students were asked to rate their approaches to studying in relation to particular statements. A subsample of nine first-year engineering students participated in subsequent interviews exploring their experiences of studying and learning. The students' views were examined and interpreted into inventory scores which were compared to the students' actual ratings. The interviews confirmed the scales measured in the inventory and provided illustrations to them. While students who were extreme in either approach were easier to interpret, others provided a good example of the complex combination of approaches that can exhibit itself in one individual. The study illustrates how combined data sets can contribute to achieve a holistic understanding of student learning in its context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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