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Researching student learning

Introduction and contents

This book Researching Student Learning: Approaches to Studying in Campus-based and Distance Education by John T.E. Richardson, first published in 2000, is recommended reading on the H804 Postgraduate Course: Implementing online, open and distance learning, last presentation February 2008 (60 points) (http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?C02H804)

Topics included in the book are:

  • How can one study the process of student learning in higher education?

  • How does distance education differ from campus-based education?

  • Do students taking courses by distance education approach their studies in a different way from students in campus-based institutions?

The last twenty-five years have seen major developments in our understanding of how students set about the task of learning. This has led to a substantial body of ideas, theories and evidence that are concerned principally with studying in conventional, campus-based higher education. However, there is a largely separate literature concerned with approaches to studying in distance education. Both bodies of literature have involved qualitative as well as quantitative research methods, and both have emerged from many different countries around the world. This book provides a critical evaluation of the literature and draws out its implications for both distance and conventional education. In short, the book provides the first detailed survey of approaches to studying in distance education, and the first integrated account of approaches to studying in both campus-based and distance education.

John Richardson argues that there are no qualitative or quantitative differences between how students in campus-based and distance education approach their studies that cannot be attributed to differences in background variables such as age and previous educational experience, and thus that the lessons learned can be shared between the two separate bodies of literature.

This book is an important resource for all those concerned with learning and teaching in universities and colleges, whether in campus-based or distance learning institutions.

Please note: this book is now out of print. Author Details: John T.E. Richardson is a Professor of Psychology at Brunel University and has published widely in the fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, and research on learning in higher education. He is also a Visiting Research Professor in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, where he has been working for several years on approaches to studying in distance education.

After reading the book you may be interested in taking the H804 course (link above). This course forms part of the following awards:

MA in Online and Distance Education (Course Code F10) http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q01F10.

Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education (Course Code C23) http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q02C23.

Postgraduate Diploma in Online and Distance Education (Course Code D36) http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q02D36.

MSc in Science (F12) http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q02F12.

  • Preface

  • Acknowledgements

  • Abbreviations

  • Chapter 1: Campus-based and Distance Education.

  • Chapter 2: Approaches to Studying.

  • Chapter 3: Conceptions of Learning.

  • Chapter 4: Orientations to Studying.

  • Chapter 5: The Study Process Questionnaire.

  • Chapter 6: The Aproaches to Studying Inventory.

  • Chapter 7: Variants of the Approaches to Studying Progress Inventory.

  • Chapter 8: The Distance Education Student Progress Inventory.

  • Chapter 9: The Inventory of Learning Styles

  • Chapter 10: Other Inventories and Questionnaires

  • Chapter 11: Conclusions and Implications

  • References

  • Author Index

  • Subject Index

Learning outcomes

After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • This material is taken from a discontinued Open University course. It is intended for re-purposing and re-use by educators rather than for use directly by learners. Learning outcomes appropriate to the original course may be provided within the material, but it is intended that educators will construct new learning outcomes appropriate to the re-use they make of this material.

Researching student learning

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Suggested study hours 50

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Researching student learning

Preface

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Acknowledgements

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Abbreviations

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Chapter 1: Campus-based and Distance Education

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Chapter 2: Approaches to Studying

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Chapter 3: Conceptions of Learning

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Chapter 4: Orientations to Studying

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Chapter 5: The Study Process Questionnaire

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Chapter 6: The Aproaches to Studying Inventory

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Chapter 7: Variants of the Approaches to Studying Progress Inventory

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Chapter 8: The Distance Education Student Progress Inventory

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Chapter 9: The Inventory of Learning Styles

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Chapter 10: Other Inventories and Questionnaires

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Chapter 11: Conclusions and Implications

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References

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Author Index

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Subject Index

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