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Contextualising studies in higher education: An empirical study of first-year students' experiences of studying and learning in tertiary engineering education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2001 (English)In: Conference Proceedings of the 9th European Conference for Research on learning and Instruction, 2001, 132- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Swedish first-year students’ experiences of studying and learning were investigated with a focus on their interpretations of aspects of the teaching-learning environment they considered to have been important and/or problematic during the year. Data from 86 written student accounts and 15 semi-structured interviews were qualitatively analysed exploring the students’ narratives in terms of personal contextualisations of studying in first-year engineering. The different contextualisations identified among the students’ narratives could be most appropriately captured by the terms exertion, remediation, and autonomy, referring to the disparate ways that the students had understood and set about their studies in relation to perceived constraints of the learning environment. The investigation offers analyses of student learning in higher education derived from an alternative conceptualisation to those typically followed in research in this area.

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2001. 132- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11203OAI: diva2:177722
Available from: 2008-01-10 Created: 2008-01-10Bibliographically approved

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