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ERIC Number: EJ788113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0959-4752
The Extent of Variability in Learning Strategies and Students' Perceptions of the Learning Environment
Nijhuis, Jan; Segers, Mien; Gijselaers, Wim
Learning and Instruction, v18 n2 p121-134 Apr 2008
The variability in deep and surface learning has been discussed as part of the trait vs. state debate. However, the question is to what extent students change strategies as a function of course demands. This study focused on discerning subgroups of learners with respect to variability in learning strategies and the role of students' learning environment perceptions in it. Data from 124 second-year university students in three consecutive courses were collected. Cluster analysis on the variability of learning strategies revealed two groups of students: a restricted one and a variable one. Differences in variability of learning between the restricted and variable clusters can be explained by the impact of learning environment perceptions on learning strategies and by the variation in the perceptions of the learning environment factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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