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Psychology students’ perceptions of the correspondence between approaches to learning and outcomes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (English)In: EARLI 2015 Book of Abstracts, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Psychology students' perceptions of the correspondence between approaches to learning and academic outcome were mapped and compared with actual influence. Both quantitative and qualitative data were analysed. Preliminary results suggest a successive homogenization of student activities related to coursework. The perception of applying more "efficient" ways of dealing with coursework, corresponding better to examination demands, was identified as an important driver. Although the development towards perceived efficacy could be described as students successively adopting higher levels of surface approaches to learning, students in general judged such approaches as resulting in poorer examination grades, compared to deep approaches. However, surface approaches to learning were negatively correlated to examination grades, but to a lesser extent than students thought, while deep approaches turned out to be less influential. Strategic approaches to learning stood out as having the most positive impact on course grades, both as judged by the students and in actual fact.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keywords [en]
mixed-method research, learning approaches, higher education
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Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125260OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125260DiVA, id: diva2:892231
Conference
16th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Limassol, Cyprus, August 25-29, 2015
Note

Maria Öhrstedt was supported by a PhD position with funding provided by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University to Petra Lindfors. Conference participation was supported by CeSam, The Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences, Stockholm University.

Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2016-01-08 Last updated: 2018-10-11Bibliographically approved

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