The learning approaches of A Level History and Geography students analysed: a report from a Sixth Form College

Stoten, David (2015) The learning approaches of A Level History and Geography students analysed: a report from a Sixth Form College. Journal of Pedagogic Development, 5 (1). pp. 9-18. ISSN 2047-3257

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Abstract

This paper sought to explore how students in History and Geography approach learning. The research involved GCE A Level students in the Sixth Form College sector, in which they responded to a structured questionnaire that was drawn from the literature on self‐regulated learning. The key areas for investigation revolved around motivation, self‐efficacy, fear of failure and reflection. The data was analysed according to ability range with analysis undertaken between the A*‐B range and those students below in the DE range. The conclusion suggests students adopt a range of approaches, some determined by their innate ability but others by more practical concerns such as the chances of success or the value of the activity.
Importantly, the research also identified some common approaches adopted by students of History and Geography that challenge Kolb’s views of subject disciplines divides.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open access journal.
Uncontrolled Keywords: General Certificate of Education (GCE) advanced Level, self-regulated learning (SRL), Sixth Form College (SFC)
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Corporate and Executive Development
Depositing User: David Stoten
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 15:56
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 21:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/22054

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