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A workshop to demonstrate that approaches to learning are influenced by the teaching and learning environment


Kember, DR and Leung, DYP and McNaught, C, A workshop to demonstrate that approaches to learning are influenced by the teaching and learning environment, Active Learning in Higher Education: The Journal of The Institute for Learning and Teaching, 9, (1) pp. 43-56. ISSN 1469-7874 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1469787407086745


It is important to demonstrate to those taking courses for new teachers that approaches to learning have a relational nature - that they are influenced by the teaching and learning context. This article describes a workshop activity, based on the Revised Study Process Questionnaire. Workshop participants recorded their approaches to learning in two contexts: how they currently studied as postgraduate students, and how they studied in their most disliked undergraduate course. Analysis of the results from this activity indicates that approaches to learning are markedly influenced by the teaching and learning environment. This provides a graphic demonstration to workshop participants of the importance of their teaching, as it will have a strong influence on the quality of learning of their students. The data from the activity give quantitative evidence of the relational nature of approaches to learning. Further, there appears to be a discipline effect operating with the nature of the typical teaching and learning environment in the arts, humanities and social sciences being more conducive to students cultivating a deep approach to learning. © 2008 SAGE Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, DR (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:84511
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-05-15
Last Modified:2013-05-15

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