A comparative study of learning patterns of secondary school, high school and college students

Yu Song (Corresponding author), Jan D. Vermunt

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    Abstract

    The main aim of the current research was to identify the similarities and differences in learning patterns used by secondary school, high school and college students. There were 8,072 participants and they responded to the
    Chinese version of Inventory of Learning Styles (ILS) online. Findings show that the three groups of students were significantly different in their adoption of learning patterns; the dimensionalities of learning patterns observed in
    secondary school and high school students were similar, but were different from those of college students; these students’ learning patterns differed from each other in relation to personal characteristics (i.e. gender and age), but tended to have similar strong relationships with parents’ education level and parents’ jobs. This study contributes to the understanding of the learning patterns characterized by school and college students. By acknowledging this, educators can help to develop better support for students in adapting to new study
    environments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number100958
    Number of pages11
    JournalStudies in Educational Evaluation
    Volume68
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

    Funding

    This work has been supported by the Guangdong Philosophy and Social Science Foundation ( GD18XJY23 ) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61907017 ). This work has been supported by the Guangdong Philosophy and Social Science Foundation (GD18XJY23) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61907017).

    FundersFunder number
    National Natural Science Foundation of China61907017
    Philosophy and Social Science Foundation of Hunan Province
    Guangdong Planning Office of Philosophy and Social ScienceGD18XJY23

      Keywords

      • Learning patterns
      • Cross-educational differences
      • learning strategies
      • Dimensionality
      • Personal and contextual factors
      • Learning strategies

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