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An instrument to measure the approach to learning for assessment in economics

Tang, Tommy & Robinson, Tim (2009) An instrument to measure the approach to learning for assessment in economics. In Proceedings of 14th Annual Australasian Teaching Economics Conference : What Does the Financial Crisis Tell Us about Teaching and Learning Economics?, School of Economics and Finance, Queenslnd University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 201-215.

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Abstract

Economics education research studies conducted in the UK, USA and Australia to investigate the effects of learning inputs on academic performance have been dominated by the input-output model (Shanahan and Meyer, 2001). In the Student Experience of Learning framework, however, the link between learning inputs and outputs is mediated by students' learning approaches which in turn are influenced by their perceptions of the learning contexts (Evans, Kirby, & Fabrigar, 2003). Many learning inventories such as Biggs' Study Process Questionnaires and Entwistle and Ramsden' Approaches to Study Inventory have been designed to measure approaches to academic learning. However, there is a limitation to using generalised learning inventories in that they tend to aggregate different learning approaches utilised in different assessments. As a result, important relationships between learning approaches and learning outcomes that exist in specific assessment context(s) will be missed (Lizzio, Wilson, & Simons, 2002). This paper documents the construction of an assessment specific instrument to measure learning approaches in economics. The post-dictive validity of the instrument was evaluated by examining the association of learning approaches to students' perceived assessment demand in different assessment contexts.

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ID Code: 32441
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Learning Approach, Economics Education, Assessment, Instrument
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 10:09
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:59

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