Modelling the process of learning in economics

Tang, Tommy & Robinson, Tim (2009) Modelling the process of learning in economics. In Proceedings of the 14th Annual Australasian Teaching Economics Conference : What Does The Financial Crisis Tell Us about Teaching and Learning Economics?, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 216-237.

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Student learning research literature has shown that students' learning approaches are influenced by the learning context (Evans, Kirby, & Fabrigar, 2003). Of the many contextual factors, assessment has been found to have the most important influence on the way students go about learning. For example, assessment that is perceived to required a low level of cognitive abilities will more likely elicit a learning approach that concentrate on reproductive learning activities. Moreover, assessment demand will also interact with learning approach to determine academic performance. In this paper an assessment specific model of learning comprising presage, process and product variables (Biggs, 2001) was proposed and tested against data obtained from a sample of introductory economics students (n=434). The model developed was used to empirically investigate the influence of learning inputs and learning approaches on academic performances across assessment types (essay assignment, multiple choice question exam and exam essay). By including learning approaches in the learning model, the mechanism through which learning inputs determine academic performance was examined. Methodological limitations of the study will also be discussed.

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ID Code: 32439
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Learning, Outcome, Economics Education, HERN
ISBN: 9781741072815
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > OTHER ECONOMICS (149900) > Economics not elsewhere classified (149999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2010 00:02
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:59

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