ERIC Number: EJ890527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
A Theoretical Perspective of Learning in the Pacific Context: A Sociocultural Perspective
Phan, Huy P.
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v8 n1 p411-428 2010
This theoretical article discusses the importance of learning approaches in sociocultural contexts. Our discussion synthesizes previous empirical research studies, taking into consideration the importance of individuals' cultural background and environmental settings. Research studies by Marton and Saljo (1976) and others (Biggs, 1987; Watkins & Regmi, 1990) have provided a strong theoretical foundation concerning the approaches to learning that individuals adopt in their learning. More recently, a number of theorists have attempted to situate students' approaches to learning in contexts (Mugler & Landbeck, 1997). This argument arises from the understanding that approaches to learning are embedded and, more importantly, they relate to personal epistemology. In our discussion, we use the Pacific as an example to explain how the sociocultural milieu and individuals' historical backgrounds shape and influence their learning approaches.
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Student Attitudes, Cultural Background, Epistemology, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries, Universities, Learning Processes, Pacific Islanders, Questionnaires, High School Students
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site: http://www.investigacion-psicopedagogica.org/revista/new/english/index.php
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia