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Affective underpinnings of surface approaches to learning and their relationship with sensation seeking

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posted on 04.10.2018, 00:00 authored by Peter RobinsonPeter Robinson
Surface approaches to learning materials and tasks are a commonplace challenge to teachers, and they prove difficult to shift, even among students who are otherwise talented or motivated to learn. The present study investigates a theory that surface approaches are triggered by a suboptimal, aversive response to learning stimuli, which overrides external motivations and provokes avoidance responses akin to the drive for intensity and novelty of experience found among sensation seekers. The study finds a significant correlation between surface tendencies measured on a new scale and sensation seeking tendencies measured on the Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS).

History

Volume

28

Issue

2

Start Page

453

End Page

469

Number of Pages

17

ISSN

1837-6290

Publisher

Western Australian Institutes for Educational Research

Additional Rights

CC BY ND 4.0 IIER is an open access journal, that is all content is freely available over the Internet to any reader.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Issues in Educational Research

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