Exploring student learning approaches on an initial teacher education programme: A comparison of mature learners and direct entry third-level students

Exploring student learning approaches on an initial teacher education programme: A comparison of... This article compares the learning approaches of students on an initial teacher education programme. Using a mixed method approach, the study examines differences between mature learners and direct entry students, across the domains of deep, strategic and surface learning approaches. Following the quantitative phase, group interviews were conducted to gain additional insights into the factors, which impacted learning approach. Significant differences were evident between both cohorts. The key categories that contributed to learning approach included; motivation to learn, collaborative and competitive learning, prior educational experiences and school placement. The findings provide insights into the diversity of student cohorts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Teaching and Teacher Education Elsevier

Exploring student learning approaches on an initial teacher education programme: A comparison of mature learners and direct entry third-level students

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd
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0742-051x
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.tate.2018.01.011
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Abstract

This article compares the learning approaches of students on an initial teacher education programme. Using a mixed method approach, the study examines differences between mature learners and direct entry students, across the domains of deep, strategic and surface learning approaches. Following the quantitative phase, group interviews were conducted to gain additional insights into the factors, which impacted learning approach. Significant differences were evident between both cohorts. The key categories that contributed to learning approach included; motivation to learn, collaborative and competitive learning, prior educational experiences and school placement. The findings provide insights into the diversity of student cohorts.

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Teaching and Teacher EducationElsevier

Published: Apr 1, 2018

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