Students who exercise a deep approach to learning connect classroom content to real-life experiences. To help first-year students develop a deep approach to learning, Brigham Young University offers a program called Freshman Academy. Participants join a "learning community" based on their intended major. As part of this learning community, participants take recommended first-year courses together and engage in service-learning and problem-solving activities. The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore changes in learning approach that followed participation in a Freshman Academy learning community for prospective elementary education majors. These changes were explored through a survey that asked students how they prioritized certain goals related to learning before and after participation. Significant findings of difference were found in post-test survey scores, indicating a marked change in learning approach at the end of Freshman Academy participation.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Teacher Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Shin, Lynna Betty, "Improving the Learning Approach of College Freshmen and Future Teachers Through Curricular Intervention" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 513.
learning approach, college freshmen, Freshman Academy