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Student Perceptions of the Influence of Choice, Ownership, and Voice in Learning and the Learning Environment

Tilisa Thibodeaux
Lamar University
(tilisa.thibodeaux@lamar.edu)

Dwayne Harapnuik
Lamar University
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Cynthia Cummings
Lamar University
()


Abstract:
This study used grounded theory analysis to examine and analyze student perceptions of the influence of choice, ownership, and voice on learning and the learning environment in an online M. Ed. program in the southeastern region of the United States. Choice, ownership, and voice make up three of the four components of the learner-centered approach called the COVA learning approach developed by Harapnuik, Thibodeaux, and Cummings. Literature related to constructivism, metacognition, and reflection confirms through years of research that choice, ownership, and voice through authentic learning opportunities have the potential to positively influence learning. Seventy-three graduate students in the M. Ed. program completed a survey indicating their agreement with statements that gave them choice, ownership, and voice in learning and the learning environment. The study further examined graduate students’ candid perceptions for the purpose of identifying themes that related to choice, ownership, and voice in learning and the learning environment. Results showed that all three components positively influenced the learners’ experience and that metacognitive practices and opportunities for reflection assisted students as they developed their voice as learners.






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