Complex interrelations between academic competences and students' approaches to learning - mixed-methods study

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Tuononen , T , Parpala , A & Lindblom-Ylänne , S 2020 , ' Complex interrelations between academic competences and students' approaches to learning - mixed-methods study ' , Journal of Further and Higher Education , vol. 44 , no. 8 , pp. 1080-1097 . https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2019.1648776

Title: Complex interrelations between academic competences and students' approaches to learning - mixed-methods study
Author: Tuononen, Tarja; Parpala, Anna; Lindblom-Ylänne, Sari
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, The Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HYPE)
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education



Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Journal of Further and Higher Education
ISSN: 0309-877X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2019.1648776
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326220
Abstract: Students are expected to develop academic competences during their studies. However, research regarding the relation between academic competences and student learning is scarce. The present mixed-methods study aims to investigate the complex interrelations between academic competences and approaches to learning using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The data included 1023 graduates' survey answers and 83 interviews. The results showed that academic competences correlated positively with a deep approach to learning as well as with organised studying, and negatively with a surface approach. The qualitative analysis, however, revealed that descriptions of a deep approach were also found among graduates who evaluated academic competences less highly. Further, the results showed that putting effort into studying and seeing various competences as transferable were also positively related to academic competences and greater satisfaction with the degree obtained. The present study also showed that approaches to learning are closely intertwined with academic competences. The study suggests that the development of academic competences and an ability to identify them can be supported by emphasising deep-level learning and organised studying.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Academic competences
approaches to learning
graduates
higher education
mixed-methods study
HIGHER-EDUCATION
GENERIC SKILLS
GRADUATES PERCEPTIONS
COURSE EXPERIENCE
MEDICAL-STUDENTS
WORK EXPERIENCE
UNIVERSITY
ENVIRONMENT
QUALITY
VALIDATION
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