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|Title:||Learning styles across cultures: suggestions for educators|
|Author(s):||Zarina M. Charlesworth, (Glion Institute of Higher Education, Bulle-en-Gruyère, Switzerland)|
|Citation:||Zarina M. Charlesworth, (2008) "Learning styles across cultures: suggestions for educators", Education + Training, Vol. 50 Iss: 2, pp.115 - 127|
|Keywords:||Culture, Higher education, Learning styles|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/00400910810862100 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper seeks to present research findings on the relationship between culture and learning styles, as defined by Honey and Mumford in a Higher Education setting.
Design/methodology/approach – The research was conducted with first semester students studying in an International Institute of Higher Education. A questionnaire administered to students (
Findings – In the first instance, the data support a relationship between learning styles preferences and cultural background at the outset of a programme of Higher Education. Subsequent analysis provides insight into the nature of these differences.
Research limitations/implications – The generalizability of the research findings is limited owing to the nature of the sample.
Practical implications – Educators in both Higher Education and business settings can draw on these research findings. It is suggested that allowing incoming students to explore learning style differences will enhance their understanding of how they go about learning as well as possibly influence their learning outcomes. Parallels have been drawn with incoming international employees.
Originality/value – These findings have relevance for educators, both in Higher Education and in industry, concerned with how to best develop international graduates and managers.
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