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Approaches to studying, conceptions of learning and learning styles in higher education

Richardson, John T. E. (2011). Approaches to studying, conceptions of learning and learning styles in higher education. Learning and Individual Differences, 21(3) pp. 288–293.

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Learning styles have been construed in different ways but traditionally have been regarded as relatively stable. In contrast, the "student approaches to learning" perspective tends to assume that approaches to studying are contextually driven. This article argues for a rapprochement between these two traditions. First, the evidence that students' perceptions of their context determine their approaches to studying is open to other interpretations. Second, students' approaches to studying depend as much on their conceptions of learning as on contextual factors. Third, students' conceptions of learning seem to be relatively stable, even across an entire degree programme. This suggests that conceptions of learning fit the traditional notion of learning styles. Future research should explore the conceptual and empirical relationships between students' learning styles and their conceptions of learning.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier
ISSN: 1041-6080
Keywords: approaches to studying; conceptions of learning; learning styles; mental models of learning; perceptions of acedemic contexts
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 24716
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2010 15:11
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:43
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