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Title: PERCEPTUAL LEARNING STYLES: AN INVESTIGATIVE STUDY ON FIRST YEAR STUDENTS AT A. A. U.
Authors: SAMUEL, TESFAMICHAEL
Advisors: Dr. Berhanu Bogale
Keywords: PERCEPTUAL LEARNING
Copyright: Jun-2001
Date Added: 27-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Perceptual learning style preferences are gaining importance of late (Reid 1987, 1995). The instructional implications of learning styles are far reaching (Ehrman, 1996). This study aimed at investigating the perceptual learning style preferences favored by freshman students at Addis Ababa University. Accordingly, two different types of questionnaires - one developed by Reid (1987) and the other by Diaz Maggioli (1996) - were distributed to and collected from 390 students. There were 215 students from the social science stream: 115 males and 100 females; and 175 students from the natural science stream: 105 males and 70 females. Interview questions were adapted from Ehrman and Christensen (1994), and the results were used as crutches to support the scores obtained from the questionnaires. It was found that the majority of the students from both streams showed strong preferences toward visual, kinesthetic, and individual learning styles. In addition, tactile and auditory learning styles were considered only as minor preferences by the majority of the students from both streams. Moreover, most of the students from both streams showed a negative learning preference toward group learning. Finally, the female students in both streams were found to be significantly more inclined toward the auditory and group learning styles than their male counterparts. On the other hand, the male students in both streams were found to be significantly more inclined toward kinesthetic, tactile, and individual learning than their female counterparts. Based on these findings instructional implications were drawn and recommendations forwarded.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4039
Appears in:Thesis - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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