NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ933573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Adopting a "Satisficing" Model for School Performance in Students' Views of Learning
Hadar, Linor Lea
Educational Research and Evaluation, v17 n3 p193-214 2011
This study explored students' views on learning in a sample of 171 secondary school students. The answers on an open-ended task were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. The views on school learning were mostly reflected in the things students do in school in order to be good learners. Factor analysis of students' views of school learning showed they referred more to pragmatic categories, passive learning strategies, and grades than to active learning motives and understanding. The most dominant factor in students' views of school learning, adequate school performance, does not relate to actual learning processes but can be viewed as the minimal compliance behaviors students must perform in order to keep up in school by "satisficing" (Simon, 1955)--satisfying and sufficing--the teachers (task completion and class participation). Theoretical and educational implications were discussed to heighten educators' awareness of students' thinking about learning. (Contains 1 table.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel