The profession entity: research the relationship between students' conceptions of learning and their future professions

Oxford Centre for Staff & Learning Development
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Proceedings of the 2003 11th International symposium: Improving Student Learning. Theory, Research and Scholarship, 2004, pp. 145 - 157
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Research on learning often focuses on ways that students learn in specific situations. Research investigate learning in specific topics, courses and institutions, and sometimes workplaces. The outcomes of such research have been used to set up learning environments such as problem-based learning that mimic professional settings. An assumption is that students will be better prepared for their future professions by studying in a simulated work environment. But what are students' attitudes to their future professions, and how can their expectations of professional work be used to enhance their institutional learning? This paper reports and extends a series of research studies that explore the relationship between students' perceptions and expectations of professional work and their understanding of leanring within tertiary institutions.
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