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ERIC Number: EJ779382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1911
Understanding Students' Changing Perceptions of Their Learning Environments in Four FE Colleges in England
Postlethwaite, Keith; Maull, Wendy
Educational Review, v59 n4 p429-449 Nov 2007
As part of the Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education (TLC) project, questionnaire data were collected from three consecutive cohorts of students in a wide range of learning sites, initially four in each of four Further Education (FE) colleges in England. This paper focuses on changes in perceived learning environment as mapped by these questionnaire items and seeks to relate these changes to changes in the circumstances of the students and the site, as understood from the extensive qualitative data also collected by the project. Although we make no suggestion that there were simple causal relationships, there is evidence that students' perceptions of their learning environment may have been affected by student and tutor disposition, curriculum, resources, broad aspects of college policy and by details of the overall FE framework. We argue that change in perception is particularly likely where there is synergy amongst two or more of these aspects within a site. On the basis of these findings we suggest that although change can be within the control of the tutor, the degree of control available will be affected by the broader circumstances in which the tutor and their students operate. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table. "Learning sites: codes, nature of sites and number of cases for quantitative analysis" is appended.) [This article was produced by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education (TLC) was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. ]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)