Learning in formal and informal contexts : conceptions and strategies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students

Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Marton, Ference, Lewis, David, & Wilss, Lynn (2000) Learning in formal and informal contexts : conceptions and strategies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students. Learning and Instruction, 10(5), pp. 393-414.

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Research suggests that students' approaches to learning and hence learning outcomes are closely related to their conceptions of learning. This paper describes an investigation into conceptions of formal learning held by 22 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from three Australian universities in Queensland; categories 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. The main aim of this study was to determine their conceptions of learning in order to provide information that might facilitate instruction more suited to their needs in order to address the high attrition rate. Results showed that these students view and approach university learning in much the same way as other university students. It was also apparent that, for the most part, 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 perceptions of informal learning.

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ID Code: 75477
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
DOI: 10.1016/S0959-4752(00)00005-0
ISSN: 0959-4752
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
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2014 02:41
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 03:32

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