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ERIC Number: EJ778934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1469-7874
Skills, Learning Styles and Success of First-Year Undergraduates
Goldfinch, Judy; Hughes, Moira
Active Learning in Higher Education, v8 n3 p259-273 2007
This study investigates the relationships between students' confidence in their generic skills on entry to university, their learning styles and their academic performance in first year. Research based on a large cohort of Scottish undergraduates found that students generally entered university feeling very confident that they already possessed good skills, and there was a suggestion of over-confidence in that those who failed the year entered with slightly higher confidence than other students. However, those students who withdrew during the year had significantly less confidence. The most significant combination of factors in explaining success in first year were a low score on the activist learning style scale and high initial confidence in the skills of self-reliance, time management and teamwork, together with lower initial confidence in written communication skills. The implications of this research are discussed and some suggestions made for improving educational practice. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)