Students’ perceptions of teaching and learning: the influence of students’ approaches to learning and teachers’ approaches to teaching

Campbell, Jennifer, Smith, David, Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Brownlee, Joanne M., Burnett, Paul C., Carrington, Suzanne B., & Purdie, Nola M. (2001) Students’ perceptions of teaching and learning: the influence of students’ approaches to learning and teachers’ approaches to teaching. Teachers and Teaching : Theory and Practice, 7(2), pp. 173-187.

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Nearly 500 secondary students in 24 classes were surveyed and four students in each class interviewed concerning their approaches to learning and perceptions of their classroom environment. While interviewed students with deep approaches to learning generally demonstrated a more sophisticated understanding of the learning opportunities offered to them than did students with surface approaches, teaching strategies also influenced students' perceptions. When teachers focused strongly on actively engaging students and creating a supportive environment, students with both deep and surface approaches focused on student-centred aspects of the class. In contrast, when traditional expository teaching methods were used exclusively, students with deep and surface approaches both focused on transmission and reproduction.

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ID Code: 26921
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Students’ Perceptions, Teaching Approaches, Learning Approaches, Surface Learning, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/13540600120054964
ISSN: 1354-0602
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2009 03:16
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 01:04

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