Research in Higher Education

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 337–356 | Cite as

How Educational Practices Affect the Development of Life-long Learning Orientations in Traditionally-aged Undergraduate Students

  • Matthew J. MayhewEmail author
  • Gregory C. Wolniak
  • Ernest T. Pascarella


We investigated curricular conditions and educational practices that influenced the development of life-long learning orientations among 405 undergraduate students. Results suggest that growth in life-long learning orientations was facilitated by instruction that included opportunities for reflection, active learning, and perspective-taking and that provided students with opportunities for positively interacting with diverse peers. Negative diverse peer interactions were found to stifle development. Implications for researchers and practitioners are discussed.


Motivation Practice Diverse peer interactions Outcome 



This research was supported by the Wabash Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew J. Mayhew
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gregory C. Wolniak
    • 2
  • Ernest T. Pascarella
    • 3
  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.National Opinion Research Center at the University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.The University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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