Improving the quality of a satisficing approach to learning: making a good enough approach better
The word satisfi cing relates to finding a satisfactory rather than optimal solution to a problem situation. In an educational context, the adoption of a ‘pass will do’ or satisficing approach to learning has always been a behavioural factor for some students. This might be attributed to things like lack of motivation, personal aspiration levels or the pressures that come to bear on available study time. This paper posits that satisficing at some level is a reality for all learners and that a main challenge for teachers should be to focus on finding ways to improve the quality of that satisficing behaviour.
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