A descriptive study on learninig styles preferences of the engineering students at METU

Arslan, Berna
The purpose of the study is to find out preferred learning styles of the engineering students at METU. It is also aimed to search whether learning style preferences differ according to sex and department variables. Additionally the study tried to find out if engineering students' CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) differ according to their learning style preferences. The instrument, Index of Learning Style (ILS), which was developed especially for engineering students, was administrated to 400 engineering students from 13 different departments at METU. Out of 1447 senior engineering students, using stratified random sampling method 400 students were selected as a sample. Chi-square and t tests were used in the analysis process. Also mean and standard deviations were calculated for each of the eight learning style dimensions. The result of the study indicated that most of the engineering students have preference toward visual learning being independent of sex or department variables. Also, the number of students who are dominantly sensing and active learners were more than intuitive and reflective ones. As for CGPA score difference according to learning style preferences, t test did not indicate any significant result. In other words, learning style preferences did not influence CGPA scores. In conclusion, the study had important implications for engineering education. Possible teaching methods and strategies for each learning style mwere tabulated in the conclusion section. Study suggested that instructors should use appropriate teaching methods and strategies for general learning style profile of their classroom.


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Citation Formats
B. Arslan, “A descriptive study on learninig styles preferences of the engineering students at METU,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2003.