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ERIC Number: EJ875078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
College Student Preferences for Absolute Knowledge and Perspective in Instruction: Implications for Traditional and Online Learning Environments
Ravert, Russell D.; Evans, Michael A.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v8 n4 p321-328 2007
Survey data from 174 university students are presented, on a scale designed to measure preference for absolute knowledge and perspective in instruction, including online discussions. Results demonstrate a strong effect of class level such that students in lower grade levels reported a greater preference for instruction involving unambiguous knowledge directed from one point, the instructor. Implications follow that to effectively design e-based courses that match student expectations, instructors need to consider that course activities based in knowledge sharing and multiple perspective taking (i.e., via collaborative online discussions) may run contrary to epistemological beliefs of many freshman and sophomores. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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