Perceptions of the learning context and learning outcomes

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Jackling, Beverley (2012) Perceptions of the learning context and learning outcomes. In: Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Seel, Norbert M, ed. Springer, New York, pp. 2577-2579.


Traditionally the interest in student learning in the 1960s and 1970s related to student selection into universities and prediction of academic performance. Research focusing on student performance, however, has been criticized for failing to suggest how student learning can be improved, having emphasized the explanation of student behavior from the viewpoint of a detached objective observer.More recently, student learning in higher education has focused on examining students’ experiences of learning via student perceptions. These perceptions have been identified from both quantitative and qualitative studies of student experiences of higher education including studies of learning outcomes. The change in the research paradigm has given greater direction for the teacher in higher education, by providing a description of student learning from the student’s perspective.

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ISBN 9781441914279 (print), 9781441914286 (online)
Keywords ResPubId24135, learning outcomes, tertiary education, higher education
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