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ERIC Number: EJ919468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Major, Minor, and Negative Learning Style Preferences of University Students
Psaltou-Joycey, Angeliki; Kantaridou, Zoe
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v39 n1 p103-112 Mar 2011
This paper reports research on the learning style preferences of 1616 university students learning foreign languages for academic purposes across eight fields of study in a given educational and cultural context, namely, tertiary education in Greece. Data was collected by using the Style Analysis Survey the outcomes of which were further analysed into major, minor, and negative student style preferences. Results showed that the "visual," "intuitive-random" and "global" styles constitute major preferences in all eight fields, the "closure-oriented," "extroverted," and "concrete-sequential" styles vary between major or minor preferences, the "hands-on," "open," and "analytic" styles show a variation between minor and negative preferences, and the "auditory" and "introverted" styles are negative in all fields. Conclusions suggest that foreign language instructors who are sensitive to learner-centred issues and have questioned generalised teaching approaches should be made aware of more informed teaching suggestions that employ specific language learning strategies and teaching activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece