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6 The power of teaching-learning environments to influence student learning

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This paper focuses on the power of learning environments in relation to the quality of student learning. In the first part, recent developments in research on student learning will be presented. These pertain to dimensions of student learning, consistency and variability in students' use of learning strategies, developments in learning patterns during the educational career, dissonance in students' regulation of learning processes and relationships between student learning patterns and personal, contextual and performance variables. In the second part, a number of learning environments, all widely used in higher education, will be examined with regard to the degree of self-regulation, and the initiative and responsibility they foster in students: traditional teaching, assignment-based teaching, problem-based learning, project-centred learning, self-directed specialization learning, competency-based teaching, dual learning and autodidactic learning. In the third part, the implications for teaching and curriculum design will be discussed.

Language: English


Publication date: January 1, 2007

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