Student-centred learning environments. An investigation into student teachers’ instructional preferences and approaches to learning.

Marlies Baeten, Filip Dochy, Katrien Struyven, E. Parmentier, A. Vanderbruggen

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Abstract

The use of student-centred learning environments in education has increased. This study investigated student teachers’ instructional preferences for these learning environments and how these preferences are related to their approaches to learning. Participants were professional Bachelor students in teacher education. Instructional preferences and approaches to learning were measured by means of questionnaires. Results showed that most students preferred teacher direction, cooperative learning and knowledge construction, and adopted a deep approach. Moreover, significant correlations were found between approaches to learning and instructional preferences. Students adopting a deep approach preferred knowledge construction and cooperative learning, while students adopting a surface approach had a preference for teacher direction and passive learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-62
Number of pages10
JournalLearning Environments Research
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Student-centred teaching methods

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