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ERIC Number: ED415924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Student's Cognitive Styles in Asynchronous Distance Education Courses at a Community College.
A study conducted at Southwest Virginia Community College investigated the cognitive styles of students who were enrolled in distance education courses for one semester. Because video-based presentations of material severely limit teacher-student interaction, the distance learner must possess self-discipline, self-organization, and self-planning to direct the learning process. The study's hypothesis predicted that field-independent students would be more successful in distance education telecourses than field-dependent students. According to a cognitive test 71 percent of the students were determined to be field dependent. However, at the conclusion of the telecourse, 67 percent passed the course successfully with a C or better. The study concluded the hypothesis was incorrect. Field-independent students are not more successful in asynchronous distance education telecourses than those who are field-dependent. Findings indicate that cognitive style does not have an impact on student success in distance education, and should encourage educators to offer distance education to all types of students. Contains 31 references. (YKH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Style, Cognitive Tests, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Field Dependence Independence, Independent Study, Statistical Analysis, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship, Telecourses, Theory Practice Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Virginia Community Coll., Richlands, VA.
Identifiers: Southwest Virginia Community College