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Influences upon Studentsí Perceptions of Workload


Kember, D and Leung, DYP, Influences upon Students' Perceptions of Workload, Educational Psychology, 18, (3) pp. 293-307. ISSN 0144-3410 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0144341980180303


Student perceptions of workload are hypothesised to be a function of class contact hours, independent study hours, English language ability, GPA and the studentsí propensity to employ meaning or reproducing approaches to learning. Data on these variables were gathered from students in a mechanical engineering programme in a university. Models testing the interrelationship between these variables and perceived workload were found to have a good fit to the data by structural equation modelling. The direction of the relationship between perceived workload and reproducing approach was investigated by comparing alternative models which were both found to fit the data well. The models suggest a number of guidelines for curriculum designers if students are not to feel pressured by overloaded curricula. These include the greater impact of timetabled class hours as compared to independent study and the need to avoid contextual influences which might induce students to employ a reproducing approach to learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:130150
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-01-14
Last Modified:2019-01-14

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