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Approaches to studying and perceptions of the academic environment among university students in Pakistan

Ullah, Raza; Richardson, John T. E. and Hafeez, Muhammad (2011). Approaches to studying and perceptions of the academic environment among university students in Pakistan. Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, 41(1) pp. 113–127.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03057921003647065
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Abstract

There has been a paucity of research on the experiences of students at Pakistani universities. A survey of over 900 students at two universities examined their approaches to studying and perceptions of their courses. Evidence was obtained for a deep approach, a surface approach and two aspects of a strategic approach. Their perceptions were based upon the instructional practices, the acquisition of generic skills, the appropriateness of the assessment and of their workload, and the available learning resources. A higher-order analysis revealed two broad dimensions of the student experience in Pakistan. Students who had positive perceptions tended to adopt a deep approach, to prefer courses, teaching and assessment that supported their understanding and to be engaged and reliable in their studies. However, students who had negative perceptions tended to adopt a surface approach and to prefer courses, teaching and assessment that reinforced this approach through the bare transmission of information.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-3623
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 22230
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2010 11:06
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 08:54
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/22230
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