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ERIC Number: EJ882037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
"Your Thrust Is to Understand"--How Academically Successful Students Learn
McMillan, Wendy Jayne
Teaching in Higher Education, v15 n1 p1-13 Feb 2010
The article sets out to understand how academically successful students learn. Self-regulated learning theory is used as a lens to explicate the learning strategies adopted by a cohort of academically successful dentistry students. Data were collected from self-report interviews, observations of individual student's learning in a quasi-realistic context, and post-observation interviews. Discussion focuses on the cognitive and metacognitive strategies adopted by these students, and highlights the way in which positive motivation supported their use of these strategies, especially when learning was challenging. The paper concludes by drawing on these findings to argue for appropriate ways to support effective learning for all students. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A