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Experiences of understanding in higher education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2002 (English)In: The British Psychological Society Education Section Conference Proceedings, 2002, 9- 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 learning environment. The analyses of the data focused on the students’ experiences of understanding in relation to their personal views of studying in first-year engineering. Of particular interest was that students who reported difficulty in coping with the course demands, also testified to experiences of a ‘delayed understanding’, which implied a notion of an instant understanding involving a demand for a direct assimilation of the learning material to stay in phase with the course schedule and with the curriculum as a whole. The results are discussed in relation to ongoing research on student learning which points up the importance of bringing about a synchronisation between students’ learning goals and curricular aims.

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2002. 9- p.
Keyword [en]
student learning, understanding in higher education, delayed understanding, engineering education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11201OAI: diva2:177720
Available from: 2008-01-10 Created: 2008-01-10Bibliographically approved

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