Originally published in 1981 Student Learning in Higher Education fills an important gap by bringing together in a concise and readable form, research from Britain, the USA and elsewhere, and by discussing the curricular implications for staff who wish to assist their students to see meaning in their studies. It focuses on issues of general relevance, explores major research questions and outlines different methodologies and approaches. It discusses what is meant by ‘meaningful’ learning and describes typical learning tasks encountered by arts and science students. It looks at how students decide what to study on a course and how assessment demands shape both their perceptions of what should be learned, and their study behaviour. As well as considering the ways in which students change and develop over their years in college, the book also discusses the relative importance of teaching and informal influences, such as the student peer group. This book attempts to provide a ‘state of the art’ review of the literature in a field of central concern for all who prepare students for, or work within, higher education.
1. Approaches to the Study of Student Learning
2. The Nature and Process of Student Learning
3. The Context of Teaching and Learning
4. The Moral and Intellectual Development of the Student
5. Learning From Other Students
6. Approaches to Learning
7. Learning and Understanding Complex Ideas
8. Learning and Cognitive Style
9. Models of Student Learning
10. Implications for Improving Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Suggested Further Reading
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of higher education, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of learning, teaching, student experience and administration in relation to the higher education through the areas of business, sociology, education reforms, government, educational policy, business and religion, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of higher education in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students and practitioners of education, politics and sociology.