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The influence of a period of environment-orientated work experience on students' perception of their learning style

James, P 2000, 'The influence of a period of environment-orientated work experience on students' perception of their learning style' , Environmental Education Research, 6 (2) , pp. 157-165.

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    Abstract

    A period of circa 12 months' work experience, as part of an Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree programme, introduces candidates to a variety of problems and can, therefore, be expected to influence the problem-solving approach adopted by the students. An index of deep learning, based on data collected from a modified version of the ASSIST questionnaire, indicated that students maintained their level of deep learning throughout the 4 years of a thick sandwich undergraduate environmental science degree programme. However, data from interviews with students indicated their experience of environment-orientated work placement had led them towards adopting a deeper approach to learning. The apparent contradiction in data may be explained by the type of problem to be solved. It is likely that students retain a surface approach to solving technical, scientific problems whilst adopting a deeper approach to, for example, personnel and resource problems.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history
    Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history > QH001 General, inc. conservation, geographical distribution
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Education Research
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1350-4622
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 10:46
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:20
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9604

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