chapter  1
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Objectivity and Sensitivity

The intention of this book is to introduce and analyse some of the important concepts and ideas from educational psychology which help us to understand how students and pupils learn. Part II contains detailed reports of some very recent work on the styles and strategies used by students in tackling their academic work. These chapters are placed early in the book for two reasons. First, the results of this research have produced a model of learning processes which provides a framework within which to examine other areas of educational psychology. That framework helps us to see coherence in what might otherwise seem, in Part III, to be a series of disconnected areas of psychological research. The second reason for starting with students is that an examination of adult learning provides an opportunity for introspection by the reader, and hence a way of seeing links between theories of learning and the 'real world' of everyday experience.