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ERIC Number: EJ865438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1040-726X
The Influence of Need for Closure on Learning and Teaching
DeBacker, Teresa K.; Crowson, H. Michael
Educational Psychology Review, v21 n4 p303-323 Dec 2009
A primary goal of educational systems is to provide learners with the information, skills, and dispositions needed to be an effective member of a complex and information-rich society. To effectively address this goal, educators and educational psychologists need to understand both the ability and the willingness of learners to grapple effectively with information. A psychological construct that may illuminate heretofore unexplored aspects of learners' willingness or reluctance to grapple with information is the need for closure (Kruglanski, "Psychol Inq" 1(3):181-197, 1990; Kruglanski and Webster, "Psychol Rev" 103:263-283, 1996; Webster and Kruglanski, "J Pers Soc Psychol" 76(6):1049-1062, 1994). The purpose of this article is to provide educational psychologists with a theoretical overview of need for cognitive closure, highlighting its applicability to instructional settings. We will also discuss what closure needs may look like within the classroom and the conditions under which they may be exhibited. We argue for the relevance of the need for closure construct for improving educators' understanding of teaching and learning processes.
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Language: English
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