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Title: Learning at the University-conceptions of university teachers
Authors: Chaleta, Elisa
Saraiva, Margarida
Editors: Lapostolle, Guy
Stamelos, Georgios
Keywords: Conceptions of learning
superficial and deep conceptions
university teachers
higher education
phenomenographic approach
Issue Date: Dec-2020
Publisher: Pasithee
Citation: Chaleta, E. & Saraiva, M. (2020). Learning at the University-conceptions of university teachers. Academia, 22, 53-71. eISSN: 2241-1402. (
Abstract: This study investigates the conceptions of university teachers linked to the initial formation of teachers about what it is to learn at the University. The qualitative phenomenographic study presented was carried out with ten university teachers with more than 15 years of professional activity at the University and with an average age of 52 years, nine of whom are female and one male. The results showed stability in the conceptions of learning compared to previous studies; two main macro categories have been identified: superficial conceptions and deep conceptions. Learning conceptions were also identified as a process and as the development of social skills. In summary, teachers expressed different meanings of learning, and it should be noted that learning emerged conceptualized in a multidimensional and multifaceted way. In this group of teachers, different ways of conceptualizing learning are found, so the results point to the coexistence in the same subject of several conceptions about what it is to learn, and not a hierarchical structure of the conceptions in which the reproductive or superficial conception appears as subordinate to the transformative or profound conception. The results point to an intercorrelated model as a better descriptor of teachers' thinking about the nature of learning given the plurality of conceptions.
ISSN: 2241-1402
Type: article
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