First year education students' mental models of learning ICT and Education course

Nguyen, Trang, and Henderson, Lyn (2008) First year education students' mental models of learning ICT and Education course. In: Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (2008), pp. 1240-1245. From: Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 19th Annual Conference, 3-7 March 2008, Las Vegas, USA.

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Abstract

Universities face a challenging task to reduce the attrition rate. Recent studies have suggested students' knowledge, critical thinking skills, and mental models influencing students' academic performance. Mental models theory has been adopted as the theoretical framework for this study. Pre and post surveys were administered to first year Bachelor of Education students at a regional university in Australia. A principal components factor analysis and MANOVA tests were conducted for the surveys. Results provided evidence that students reported changed mental models in factors such as Academic Engagement, Effective Learning Strategies, Disengagement, Ineffective Learning Strategies, and Collaboration during their first semester study. The changes in students' espoused (pre) and reflective (post) mental models are discussed. The study identified inadequate mental models that could influence their academic study and course completion.

Item ID: 7705
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: first year education students; mental models; factor analysis; retention
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ISBN: 978-1-880094-64-8
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2010 03:50
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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