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Delayed understanding in higher education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2003 (English)In: Proceedings of the 10th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, 2003, 604-05 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Findings are presented from a study of undergraduate students’ experiences of understanding in first-year engineering. At the end of their first year of study 86 Swedish students of electrical engineering and computer science were asked to reflect in writing on their experiences of studying and learning. Fifteen of them were selected for subsequent interview which explored in greater detail their experiences of understanding in relation to perceived constraints of the teaching-learning environment. The analyses of the data focused on the students’ experiences of understanding in relation to studying in first-year engineering. Of particular interest was that students who were struggling to keep up with what they perceived to be an excessive teaching pace also reported experiences of a ‘delayed understanding’ in relation to learning from coursework in computer science and calculus. This finding is discussed in relation to ideas about students’ perceptions of the learning environment, and the impact that those perceptions might have on students’ opportunities to reflect on learning material and develop a personal understanding of course material in engineering education.

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2003. 604-05 p.
Keyword [en]
student learning, delayed understanding, engineering education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11181ISBN: 88-7178-975-XOAI: diva2:177700
Available from: 2008-01-10 Created: 2008-01-10Bibliographically approved

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