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Article: ‘The most important thing is to learn the way to learn’: evaluating the effectiveness of independent learning by perceptual changes

Title‘The most important thing is to learn the way to learn’: evaluating the effectiveness of independent learning by perceptual changes
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02602938.asp
Citation
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2015 How to Cite?
AbstractThe mission of universities today is not only to nurture experts in various professions, but also to cultivate lifelong autonomous learners. Independent learning and pedagogies that aim to foster learner autonomy have grown in importance over the past decade. However, the extent to which independent learning is successful in fostering autonomy has not been fully addressed; nor has a robust method for evaluating independent learning been available. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an independent learning component attached to a taught course by tracking changes in learners’ perceptions. Primary data were collected from course participants’ responses to two questionnaires. In total, 221 and 157 completed questionnaires were returned at the beginning and the end of the course, respectively, among which 95 paired responses enabled comparisons that revealed a general trend. In addition, a more focused investigation was carried out with nine participants who took part in semi-structured interviews and completed independent learning logs. The study, using a short-term longitudinal approach, revealed participants’ growing understanding of independent learning and its relevance to English language enhancement, particularly for those with no prior experience of any form of independent learning.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/221932

 

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dc.contributor.authorLau, KK-
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-21T05:48:15Z-
dc.date.available2015-12-21T05:48:15Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2015-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/221932-
dc.description.abstractThe mission of universities today is not only to nurture experts in various professions, but also to cultivate lifelong autonomous learners. Independent learning and pedagogies that aim to foster learner autonomy have grown in importance over the past decade. However, the extent to which independent learning is successful in fostering autonomy has not been fully addressed; nor has a robust method for evaluating independent learning been available. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an independent learning component attached to a taught course by tracking changes in learners’ perceptions. Primary data were collected from course participants’ responses to two questionnaires. In total, 221 and 157 completed questionnaires were returned at the beginning and the end of the course, respectively, among which 95 paired responses enabled comparisons that revealed a general trend. In addition, a more focused investigation was carried out with nine participants who took part in semi-structured interviews and completed independent learning logs. The study, using a short-term longitudinal approach, revealed participants’ growing understanding of independent learning and its relevance to English language enhancement, particularly for those with no prior experience of any form of independent learning.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02602938.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education-
dc.rightsPREPRINT This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] [year of publication] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ with the open URL of your article POSTPRINT This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI]-
dc.title‘The most important thing is to learn the way to learn’: evaluating the effectiveness of independent learning by perceptual changes-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLau, KK: lauken@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLau, KK=rp01419-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02602938.2015.1118434-
dc.identifier.hkuros256506-

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