ERIC Number: ED240408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Study of Learning Styles and Related Factors between Traditional and Nontraditional Students at the University of Akron.
Rush, Isabel E.
Colleges and universities are having to design instructional formats for both traditional and nontraditional, second career individuals. To compare the learning styles and other related educational factors (e.g., test preferences, educational goals) of traditional and nontraditional students at the University of Akron (Ohio), 154 traditional students, aged 18 to 25, and 84 nontraditional students, aged 50 and over, completed Kolb's Learning Style Inventory, a general questionnaire on behaviors required in higher education, and a demographic information sheet. An analysis of the results showed no significant interaction between the traditional and nontraditional groups and learning style, i.e., learning style was not dependent on age in predicting questionnaire responses. However, learning styles and questionnaire responses significantly discriminated between the two groups, in that nontraditional students displayed more determination and certainty, handled classroom assignments with ease, and responded more favorably to brainstorming sessions than did traditional students. (Numerous tables present the results.) (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Akron OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Aging, Detroit, MI, March 13-16, 1983. Some tables are of marginal legibility because of small print.