Approaches to Studying in Higher Education: a comparative study in the South Pacific

Richardson, John T. E.; Landbeck, Roger and Mugler, France (1995). Approaches to Studying in Higher Education: a comparative study in the South Pacific. Educational Psychology, 15(4) pp. 417–432.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0144341950150405

Abstract

A short version of the Approaches to Studying Inventory (ASI), commended as a ‘quick and easy’ means of assessing student learning, was administered to two groups of students at the University of the South Pacific. Measures of its internal consistency and test‐retest reliability were comparable with those obtained in European research, but were not wholly satisfactory. Moreover, its factor structure was found to be qualitatively different in this context and constituted by different forms of motivation for studying in higher education. It is concluded that approaches to studying are culture‐specific and, in particular, that one should be cautious about using this version of the ASI in systems of higher education in non‐Western countries.

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