Learning style preferences of postgraduate students: The case of the British University in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates

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    Purpose: This study aims to incorporate the Honey and Mumford’s learning styles questionnaire (LSQ) to assess the learning style preferences of postgraduate students at the British University in Dubai (BUiD), as well as investigating whether there are statistically significant differences in such preferences from demographic and academic characteristics perspective. Design/methodology/approach: Questionnaires were distributed to a sample of 200 students (males and females) in various postgraduate programs. Descriptive statistics analysis presented the main characteristics of the respondents and the results of the study. The independent samples t-test and Kurskal–Wallis test determined if there are significant differences in learning style preferences among the postgraduate students because of their demographic and academic characteristics. Findings: The results revealed that postgraduate students preferred the theorist (20.36), reflector (20.31), pragmatist (19.00) and activist (18.62) learning styles, while no significant statistical differences were found across the four learning styles from demographic and academic characteristics standpoint. Research/limitations implications: On one hand, the present study has several limitations. First, the findings of the study are based on data from only single university. Second, the sample is limited to postgraduate students. Third, the results are based on a self-reported questionnaire, which might affect their reliability. On the other hand, this study has some implications for educators and students. Its results could help educator adopt appropriate teaching styles and strategies that match the preferred learning styles of the majority of their students. Students themselves could also benefit from knowing their own learning style. Originality/value: The present study is the first scholarly attempt to explore learning style preferences of postgraduate students in the UAE higher education context.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)291-311
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of International Education in Business
    Volume11
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 5 2018

    Keywords

    • Higher education
    • Learning style questionnaire
    • Learning styles

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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