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Investigating university student preferences and beliefs about learning in the web-based context


Computers & Education Volume 50, Number 4, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Psychological studies have shown that personal beliefs about learning and environmental preferences affect learning behaviors. However, these learner characteristics have not been widely discussed in the web-based context. By developing questionnaires, this study attempted to detect learners’ web-based learning environmental preferences (WLEP) and beliefs about web-based learning (BWL). The scope of WLEP focused on the pedagogical dimension of the web-based learning environment, while BWL concerned the attributes and control factors of the web-based learning. There were about five hundreds of Taiwan university students participating in the study. Through factor analysis, the scales discussed in the study revealed a satisfactory validity and reliability in assessing students’ preferences and beliefs. Further analyses showed that university students preferred more of individual and structured instructional configurations while expected the outward mode of interaction. In general, students held a rather contextual belief about web-based learning, which was found to be correlated with their environmental preferences.


Yang, F.Y. & Tsai, C.C. (2008). Investigating university student preferences and beliefs about learning in the web-based context. Computers & Education, 50(4), 1284-1303. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved September 19, 2021 from .

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