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University students representations of study

Volet, S.E.ORCID: 0000-0001-8450-6663 and Lawrence, J.A. (1988) University students representations of study. Australian Journal of Education, 32 (2). pp. 139-155.

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Five women university students representations of their learning were analysed and related to their ongoing adaptations to course demands. Representations involved their goals, working plans and perceptions of difficulties. Qualitative data from students accounts of their study in three interviews over five weeks were tabulated schematically in relation to Duncker's concepts of productive heuristics. Representations and performances were different for three high and two low achievers. Higher achievers had course appropriate emphases of integrating and organising content for themselves, and applying it to teaching practice. Lower achievers persisted with self orientated problems and inappropriate strategies. A case is made for the usefulness of qualitative and microanalytic analyses of students perceptions and activities for explaining the adaptations behind individual differences in study performance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Australian Council for Educational Research
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