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ERIC Number: EJ843415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
An Investigation of Learning Styles of Students at Sevilla University, Spain, and Firat University, Turkey
Semerci, Cetin
International Journal of Educational Reform, v15 n4 p511-519 Fall 2006
The aim of this research was to investigate the learning styles of the students at Sevilla University, Spain, and Firat University, Turkey. The questions of this research were as follows: Is there a significant difference in learning styles of Sevilla and Firat students according to gender and age? Are there any differences in learning styles of the students at Sevilla and Firat? The students in the sample group dominantly preferred the kinesthetic style: 38.99% in Sevilla University and 44.77% in Firat University. According to Garcia (1992) and Vasquez (1990), Hispanic American students prefer cooperative activities. In this study, 36.73% of the students at Sevilla University had the auditory learning style and learned through small-group discussions. In Turkey the research findings of Ekici (2002) and Ergur (2000) support this study's findings. In these studies, different learning-style models were used. Ekici's concrete sequential style and Ergur's convergent learning style suggest learning by doing and experiencing, and these concepts are close concepts to kinesthetic learning style. However, in Turkey, according to Gurkan's (n.d.) research findings, two-thirds of the students adopted the visual learning style. According to this study, 36.57% of the students learn through visual learning style. In this research, there is no statistically significant difference among learning styles according to gender and age. Some of the research supports these findings (Jones et al., 2003; Van der Jagt et al., 2003). Consequently, kinesthetic students have difficulties in school and cannot sit in the place where they have to sit for long. Kinesthetic students have difficulties in perceiving visual and auditory messages, but they learn by doing. Owing to these reasons, the instructors of Sevilla and Firat should prepare their programs according to the students' learning styles. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain; Turkey