Conceptions of learning held by upper primary children in government schools in Brunei Darussalam

Jaidin, Jainatul Halida (2009) Conceptions of learning held by upper primary children in government schools in Brunei Darussalam. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

The current study examined the conceptions of learning held by upper primary children in government schools in Brunei. Previous studies have shown that the conceptions of learning held by students influence the ways in which they approach learning tasks and, in turn, impact on their learning outcomes. However, the majority of these studies were carried out with university and secondary school students, with little research involving primary school children. A phenomenographic research approach was used to describe the qualitatively different ways in which a group of sixteen upper primary children experienced learning in two government schools in Brunei. Data were gathered using scenariobased semi]structured interviews. Iterative cycles of analysis revealed three categories of description depicting three qualitatively different ways in which the children experienced the phenomenon. The three categories of description were: learning as acquiring information (Category 1), learning as remembering information (Category 2) and learning as doing hands]on activities (Category 3). These categories indicate a variation in the ways in which upper primary children experience learning in government schools in Brunei. The conceptions of learning held by the children provide a platform from which educators and policy]makers can consider possibilities for meaningful learning in government schools in Brunei.

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ID Code: 30349
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Brownlee, Joanne, Farrell, Margaret, & Lupton, Amanda
Keywords: phenomenography, primary education, children's conceptions of learning, Brunei, government schools
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2010 04:20
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 01:07

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