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Learning styles among geography undergraduates: an international comparison

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Growing diversity is focusing attention on the range of different student learning styles. This study assesses whether geographers have a predominant learning style and whether this varies between and within countries. The findings are based on over 900 geography students from 12 universities in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US, who completed Kolb's Learning Style Inventory (LSI). The implications for curriculum design and student learning strategies are discussed. It is suggested that departments should aim to produce balanced learners with a full range of learning capacities rather than simply matching teaching to existing learning styles.
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Keywords: Kolb's Learning Style Inventory (LSI); assessment; experiential learning model; geography undergraduates; learning and teaching styles

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Environment, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Hall Close, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4AZ, Email: [email protected] 2: School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, Email: [email protected] 3: School of Education and Continuing Studies, University of Portsmouth, 141 High Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2HY, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 March 2005

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