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ERIC Number: EJ840127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Ideal versus School Learning: Analyzing Israeli Secondary School Students' Conceptions of Learning
Hadar, Linor
International Journal of Educational Research, v48 n1 p1-11 2009
This study explored 130 secondary school students' conceptions of learning using an open-ended task, analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. Students' reality of learning comprised two separate spheres, ideal learning and school learning, which rarely interacted. Generally, students commented more about school than ideal learning. Factor analysis of learning conception categories revealed separate "grand" categories for each sphere and some shared ones. Strikingly, students held complex, deeper conceptions of ideal learning (as self-interest/curiosity, understanding, and knowledge acquisition), but these were separate from their conceptions of school learning as merely the minimal, surface compliance necessary to survive the system by "satisficing" [Simon, H. A. (1955). A behavioral model of rational choice. "The Quarterly Journal of Economics," 69(1), 99-118]--satisfying and sufficing--the teachers (grades, task completion, and active class participation). Theoretical and educational implications were discussed regarding classroom instruction to heighten educators' awareness of students' thinking about learning. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel