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ERIC Number: EJ817265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
"Revisiting" the South Pacific Approaches to Learning: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis Study
Phan, Huy P.; Deo, Bisun
Higher Education Research and Development, v27 n4 p371-383 Dec 2008
There has been substantial research evidence concerning the learning approaches of students in Western and non-Western contexts. Nonetheless, it has been a decade since research in the South Pacific was conducted on the learning approaches of tertiary students. The present research examined the learning approaches of Fijian and other Pacific Islands students enrolling in a professional-based education course at the University of the South Pacific. Biggs' (1987) Study Process Questionnaire was revised to suit the social and cultural contexts before it was distributed among 159 undergraduate students. Exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis did not support the theoretical framework of a three-factor model (Biggs, 1987) and, instead, indicated the existence of a two first-factor model, emphasising two major types of learning approach--"reproducing" and "meaning" (Richardson, 1994). The study's findings suggest that educators should ensure that assessment and other teaching learning components are aligned constructively to promote the appropriate approach of learning. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Fiji
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Approaches to Studying Inventory; Study Process Questionnaire