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ERIC Number: EJ861654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Student Autonomy and Reflections on Researching and Writing the Undergraduate Dissertation
Greenbank, Paul; Penketh, Claire
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v33 n4 p463-472 Nov 2009
The dissertation is often promoted as a means of advancing autonomous learning. It is said to offer the potential for students to move along a continuum from dependence to independence. This research used interviews with a small sample of students to obtain a better understanding of the way students approach the dissertation process. The study found that the extent to which students operated autonomously depended upon a complex set of factors determining what Rokeach in 1973 refers to as their "competency values". The study concluded that in order to obtain a better understanding of the values underpinning the behaviour of their students, dissertation tutors should be prepared to enter into a dialogue with them. This process would also involve encouraging students to critically reflect on how they planned to undertake the dissertation. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)