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ERIC Number: EJ831918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Perceptions of Academic Quality and Approaches to Studying among Technology Students in Distance Education
Richardson, John T. E.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v31 n4 p421-433 Aug 2006
Primary objective: To examine perceptions of academic quality and approaches to studying in students taking six technology courses by distance education. Research design: Students taking four courses received an end-of-course questionnaire. The following year, students taking all six courses received a mid-course questionnaire. Method: The Course Experience Questionnaire and the Revised Approaches to Studying Inventory were administered in a postal survey to 3539 students of the UK Open University. Outcomes and results: Across successive levels of study, students were progressively less likely to adopt a deep approach, were more likely to adopt a surface approach and rated their courses less favourably, especially with regard to the workload and materials. Between the middle and end of a course, students were more likely to adopt a deep approach and gave more positive ratings with regard to the materials and amount of choice. Conclusions: The survey instruments can be recommended as useful tools for monitoring the experiences of engineering and technology students. (Contains 5 tables.)
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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: United Kingdom