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Learning styles of ICT specialisation students: do differences in disciplines exist?


de Salas, K and Lewis, I and Dermoudy, J, Learning styles of ICT specialisation students: do differences in disciplines exist?, Australian Educational Computing, 29, (2) pp. 1-18. ISSN 0816-9020 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Within existing ICT degrees there is a widely-held belief that content must be tailored for different ‘kinds’ of students — often two differing student groups: a technical group requiring detailed Computer Science knowledge and a separate group requiring less technical, more strategic ICT knowledge and skills. Our institution has produced a combined degree that contains both technical and non-technical content taught to a single cohort of students and thus requires a deeper insight into the needs of this diverse group of learners. This paper reports on an assessment of learning styles across our first year students, in order to inform our teaching delivery practices. Our findings, including for example that there are marked preferences for some learning styles over others, inform the development of teaching and assessment materials that better support the diverse needs of students, regardless of their self-selected discipline.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:higher education, technology, computing, learning styles
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
UTAS Author:Lewis, I (Dr Ian Lewis)
UTAS Author:Dermoudy, J (Dr Julian Dermoudy)
ID Code:99866
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2015-04-14
Last Modified:2017-11-18
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