ERIC Number: EJ718829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 48
Assessing the Impact of Learning Environments on Students' Approaches to Learning: Comparing Conventional and Action Learning Designs
Wilson, Keithia; Fowler, Jane
Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, v30 n1 p87-101 2005
This study investigated whether students' approaches to learning were influenced by the design of university courses. Pre- and post-evaluations of the approaches to learning of the same group of students concurrently enrolled in a conventional course (lectures and tutorials) and an action learning-based course (project work, learning groups) were conducted. Students who reported themselves as more "typically deep" in their approach to learning were consistent in their approaches across the different environments. However, students who reported themselves as more "typically surface" were influenced to adopt deeper processing strategies in the action learning design. Students explained this "deep shift" in terms of the greater expectations of learner activity and responsibility in the action learning design.
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Curriculum Design, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Cognitive Style, Educational Environment, Curriculum Development, Courses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia