Differences in Learning Style Preferences: A Study of Mainland Chinese College Students Studying in Hong Kong

Kin Man Chow, British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, Nov 12, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There has been considerable argumentation in recent years to the effect that learning styles do not exist. Such argumentation, though, is firmly rooted in western culture. What of the learning styles of different cultures? This paper examines attitudes toward learning in Cantonese and non-Cantonese students studying in Hong Kong, and 'local' Hong Kong students. It concludes that there are significant differences, and suggests these are based in Hong Kong students' greater facility in English, which leads them toward a more visual orientation. Similar results have been found in previous work. The paper (36 page PDF) is the subject of an open peer review process, and you can read earlier versions as well as reviewer comments. Image: South China Morning Post.

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