Learning in and out of university : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ conceptions and strategies used to learn

Wilss, Lynn, Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Marton, Ference, & Lewis, David (1999) Learning in and out of university : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ conceptions and strategies used to learn. In Cornerstones : What Do We Value in Higher Education? HERDSA Conference, 12-15 July 1999, Melbourne, VIC.

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Research suggests that students’ approaches to learning and learning outcomes are closely related to their conceptions of learning. This paper describes a phenomenographically inspired investigation into conceptions of formal learning held by 22 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from three Australian universities in Queensland; experiences of informal learning, reasons for studying and strategies used to learn were also investigated. The attrition rate for these students in tertiary education is higher than that of any other group of students. It was hoped that information gained may delineate factors that contribute to high attrition rates and therefore inform courses of action that may lead to improved teaching and learning practices for these students. Additionally, success in tertiary education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students may increase their involvement in mainstream society. Results showed that they view and approach university learning in much the same way as other university students. It was also apparent that, generally, the strategies these students used did not match the conceptions of learning they held. An interesting result was the difference between the conceptions of formal learning and explanations of informal learning

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ID Code: 75475
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2014 23:10
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 20:10

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