Learning styles among geography undergraduates

An international comparison

Mick Healey*, Pauline Kneale, John Bradbeer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Growing diversity is focusing attention on the range of different student learning styles. This study assesses whether geographers have a predominant learning style and whether this varies between and within countries. The findings are based on over 900 geography students from 12 universities in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US, who completed Kolb's Learning Style Inventory (LSI). The implications for curriculum design and student learning strategies are discussed. It is suggested that departments should aim to produce balanced learners with a full range of learning capacities rather than simply matching teaching to existing learning styles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-42
Number of pages13
JournalArea
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Experimental learning model
  • Geography undergraduates
  • Kolb's Learning Style Inventory (LSI)
  • Learning and teaching styles

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