Connections between Modes of Thinking and Learning Approaches Implications for Education and Research.


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Önen E.

Journal of Education and Learning, vol.4, no.1, pp.84-96, 2015 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5539/jel.v4n1p84
  • Journal Name: Journal of Education and Learning
  • Journal Indexes: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.84-96

Abstract

This study aimed to examine connections between modes of thinking and approaches to learning. Participants were

1490 students attending to 9 high schools located in Ankara. The Style of Learning and Thinking-Youth Form and

Revised Version of Learning Process Questionnaire were administered to these students. The connections between

modes of thinking and approaches to learning were examined by path analysis. Results of the path analysis

revealed that holistic and integrative thinking modes positively contributed to the deep strategy while the

integrative thinking mode positively contributed to the deep motive and the surface strategy. These findings are

consistent with the theoretical model. However, inconsistent with the theoretical model, the analytic thinking

mode negatively contributed to the surface approach and the holistic thinking mode negatively contributed to the

deep approach to learning. How educators could benefit from these findings to enhance the quality of learning

outcomes is discussed.