Youth learners: The authentic neglected species learning for an unknown future

Choy, Sarojni C. & Delahaye, Brian L. (2003) Youth learners: The authentic neglected species learning for an unknown future. In Bond, Carol & Bright, Phillipa (Eds.) Annual International HERDSA Conference 2003 : Research and Development in Higher Education - Learning for an unknown future, July 2003, Christchurch, New Zealand.


This paper reports on a major research project that investigated youth learning. Specific parts of the project have been published in other literature (Choy 2000, Choy and Delahaye 2000 and Choy and Delahaye 2001), and this paper provides an overview of the findings. The Study Process Questionnaire, the Student Orientation Questionnaire and the Learning Preference Assessment were completed by 448 youths (aged 18 to 24 years) from TAFE 59% and university (41%). Fifty three youths participated in five follow-up focus groups. Generally, youths studied in this project were found to be surface learners with low level of readiness for self-directed learning but, surprisingly, they showed a high preference for a combination of structured and unstructured learning. Youth comments on formal learning, the learning institutions and role conflicts are discussed. Finally, the paper suggests that learners progress through a four stage development sequence and that youth learners are at Stage 2.

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ID Code: 1741
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: youth learning, self directed learning, adult learning, human resource development
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:58

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