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Children's perceptions of their own learning
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Seng, A. S. H. (2001, April). Children's perceptions of their own learning. Paper presented at the ACEI 2001 Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.
This paper presents the results of an exploratory study that looked into the perceptions of
learning held by 259 children (girls=107; boys=152) in a primary school in Singapore.
Their perceptions are compared with a sample of their teachers and parents perceptions.
Using data collected based on a rating scale and a metaphor task, various perceptions of
learning were identified. Pupils' ideas of learning are varied with no clear understanding
of how they learn. There are also sex and age differences. The perceptions of learning
from the teachers incorporate the assumptions and rules that influence the way they
perceive knowledge, as well as the way they approach learning tasks. The emergence of
these different perceptions of learning from the pupils and teachers support the notion
that learning has multiple meanings which may be dependent on the interrelationship
between individuals, contexts and cultures.
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