Raising Self-awareness of Learning Styles from a Gender Difference Perspective

By Yi-an Hou.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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Published online: March 5, 2015 $US5.00

The study aimed to explore how genders differ in Taiwanese EFL college students’ perceptual learning style preferences and the impacts on their English learning outcome. Participants were 332 college non-English major students, including 125 males and 207 females. The research instruments included an English proficiency test (NETPAW) and the Perceptual Learning Style Preference Survey (PLSPS, Reid, 1984). Findings showed that gender differences did play a role in learning styles and related to English learning. That raising both students’ and teachers’ self-awareness of their individual styles, understanding that no one learning style is better, nor no one teaching style fits all, and trying to expand their style repertoires for more effective teaching and learning were all discussed in details.

Keywords: Perceptual Learning Style Preferences, Gender Differences

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 21, Issue 3-4, March 2015, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 428.185KB)).

Yi-an Hou

Assistant professor, Genderal education, Kaomei Junior College of Healthcare and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan