The relationship between values and learning

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Matthews, Barbara Marshall
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Shannon Research Press
Values are seen as antecedents of behaviour. The study reported has assumed that values have a direct influence on learning behaviour. Values that guide students' lives in their home countries are argued to influence the ways in which learning takes place in other countries. Ethnically Chinese students in Australia are the subjects of the study. Values have been measured on five occasions using the Chinese Value Survey (CVS). Approaches to study have also been measured on five occasions using the Study Process Questionnaire (SPQ). This paper considers the results of canonical correlation analysis using the four value scales of the CVS and the six SPQ scales. A strong first canonical factor is found in which a weighted combination of values is related to a weighted combination of learning motivations and strategies. The second pair of canonical factors relates low integrity values with a surface learning strategy. The third pair of canonical factors involves low Confucian values and a high deep learning strategy. The second and third canonical factors suggest that for some students their values and approaches to learning are changing during their period of study in Australia. This possible change in values and learning approaches warrants further investigation. [Author abstract, ed]
Chinese Value Survey (CVS), Values, Learning, Foreign students
Matthews, Barbara (2001) The relationship between values and learning International Education Journal 2(4)