ERIC Number: EJ1023382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Shortening the Inventory of Learning Styles for Quality Assurance in a Hong Kong Post-Secondary Education Context
Law, Dennis C. S.
Quality in Higher Education, v19 n3 p300-325 2013
A Chinese translation of the 100-item Inventory of Learning Styles (ILS) is shortened as a 60-item instrument (which comprises 20 three-item scales) by removal of items that make the least contribution to the ILS scales from both alpha value and factor loading perspectives. The reliability and validation for administering the resultant 60-item ILS in the context of Hong Kong post-secondary education were assessed via analysis and re-analysis of results collected from two studies. The first study involved 1572 students enrolled in different kinds of post-secondary programmes in 2005; the second study involved 206 students enrolled in a special one-year, post-secondary programme in 2010. The internal consistency of most of the scales in the 60-item ILS was found to be good or satisfactory, except for three scales for which a need for further investigation or refinement is indicated. The exploratory factor analyses conducted in the two studies found factor patterns that closely resembled each other, with defining features comprising an active meaning-directed learning pattern that is mixed with reproduction-directed elements, an undirected learning pattern and different versions of a passive idealistic learning pattern. Overall, the current research provides qualified support for the reliability and validity of the shortened ILS for application in the context of Hong Kong post-secondary education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Style, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance, Factor Analysis, Validity, Reliability, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Feedback (Response), Metacognition, Translation, Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong