Learning style and preferred sources of information regarding distance education in Taiwan
Chen-Tung Lin, University of South Dakota, United States
University of South Dakota . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to investigate the demographic characteristics of distance learners, their preferred learning styles, their reasons for attending, and their preferred sources of information regarding the National Open University in Taichung, Taiwan. Furthermore, this study explored the relationship between distance learners, learning styles, and their preferred sources of information regarding the National Open University.
The subjects selected for this study were 750 distance learners who represented a population of 4,770 students enrolled in the spring semester of 1998 in the Taichung Learning Center of the National Open University, Taiwan. The instrument for this study was a survey which consisted of a researcher-developed demographic section and the Barsch Learning Style Inventory, which was used to identify individual students' learning styles.
Findings which emerged from this study include the following. (1) The majority of the students were female, between the ages of 21 and 40, who had completed high school or junior college. (2) Most of the students represented public officials and business persons, and were regular students majoring in social sciences, business, or living sciences. (3) Most of the students preferred the auditory style of learning. (4) Flexibility in terms of time and location, availability of degrees and classes, acquiring new skills, and studying at their own pace and schedule were important reasons students chose distance education. (5) The preferred source of information regarding the National Open University was television followed by newspapers and brochures/pamphlets. (6) There were no significant relationships between students' preferred learning style and their preferred sources of information regarding the National Open University.
Lin, C.T. Learning style and preferred sources of information regarding distance education in Taiwan. Ph.D. thesis, University of South Dakota.
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