Learning Styles amongst Engineering Students in Malaysia, South Africa and Finland

Zainal Abidin, Azizan and Ziegler, Rosetta and Tuohi, Raija (2011) Learning Styles amongst Engineering Students in Malaysia, South Africa and Finland. In: International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE2011 , August 21-27,2011, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Student learning styles play an important role in the process of teaching and learning. Many students are unaware of their personal learning styles let alone their study styles. Research has shown that students learn faster and perform better academically if their study styles fit their personal learning styles. Thus, the need for students to know what their learning styles are and to understand how these may influence their learning is emphasized. It is also important for the faculty to be aware of their students’ learning styles, in order to design and strategize appropriate, effective, delivery approaches and minimize mismatches of teaching and learning. The objective of this research is to identify and compare the learning styles of engineering undergraduates in three different parts of the world; Malaysia, South Africa and Finland. Three universities are involved in the study: Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (Malaysia), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa) and Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland). At least one hundred first year engineering undergraduates from each locality are involved in this study. The instrument used for data collection is the Memletics Styles Quiz containing seventy items. Microsoft Excel and Statistical Package for Social Sciences are used for the analysis of results and graphical representation of the findings. Results of the comparison study indicate a close similarity of learning styles preferences amongst these engineering students but with significant differences in certain learning styles. It is anticipated that these findings will be significant for future work in establishing a basis for discovering the factors contributing to the significant differences (or similarities) in students’ learning styles. In addition, it is hoped that the findings will be beneficial to students and faculty in enhancing and improving student learning.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Fundamental & Applied Sciences
ID Code:7258
Deposited By: Mrs Azizan Zainal Abidin
Deposited On:19 Dec 2011 00:54
Last Modified:19 Dec 2011 00:54

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