Learning styles of computer programming students: A Middle Eastern and American comparison

Imran A. Zualkernan, James Allert, Ghassan Z. Qadah

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Abstract

Although there are many studies addressing the relationship of learning style to outcomes in engineering courses, few have attempted direct cross-cultural comparisons. This study investigates similarities and differences in the learning styles of computer science and engineering students at a Middle Eastern institution and an American university in the Midwestern United States. Comparative data on student learning style profiles and course outcomes suggest that, despite vast cultural differences, strong similarities exist between learning styles of these students. Seemingly, a consistent pattern in how these students learn across cultures also exists. These findings have significant implications for the creation of globally effective teaching materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-450
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

Keywords

  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Learning styles
  • Programming
  • Training and education

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