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ERIC Number: EJ858014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
Adult, Flexible Students' Approaches to Studying in Higher Education
Ronning, Wenche M.
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v53 n5 p447-460 Oct 2009
A Norwegian translation of the Approaches to Studying Inventory (ASI-32) was administered to 1477 adult students attending flexible study programs in higher education in Norway (2004-05). The intention was to investigate their approaches to studying, taking into account their educational backgrounds and their present, challenging study conditions. The latter being characterized by off-campus studies and shortage of time due to working-life and family obligations. This article is concerned with two questions: (1) Is prior education correlated with approaches to learning among these students? and (2) To what extent are contextual constraints, personal effort, and self-efficacy associated with study approaches among these students? This study shows that adult, flexible students are primarily meaning oriented. The first-time students among them, however, are more reproducing oriented than students with prior higher education. Self-efficacy turned out to be more strongly associated with approaches than personal efforts. Obligations of everyday life, contrary to hypothesis, did not have the expected impact. (Contains 4 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Approaches to Studying Inventory