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ERIC Number: EJ787394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1469-7874
A Workshop Activity to Demonstrate that Approaches to Learning Are Influenced by the Teaching and Learning Environment
Kember, David; Leung, Doris Y. P.; McNaught, Carmel
Active Learning in Higher Education, v9 n1 p43-56 2008
It is important to demonstrate to those taking courses for new teachers that approaches to learning have a relational nature--that they are influenced by the teaching and learning context. This article describes a workshop activity, based on the Revised Study Process Questionnaire. Workshop participants recorded their approaches to learning in two contexts: how they currently studied as postgraduate students, and how they studied in their most disliked undergraduate course. Analysis of the results from this activity indicates that approaches to learning are markedly influenced by the teaching and learning environment. This provides a graphic demonstration to workshop participants of the importance of their teaching, as it will have a strong influence on the quality of learning of their students. The data from the activity give quantitative evidence of the relational nature of approaches to learning. Further, there appears to be a discipline effect operating with the nature of the typical teaching and learning environment in the arts, humanities and social sciences being more conducive to students cultivating a deep approach to learning. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Approaches to Studying Inventory; Study Process Questionnaire