Learning styles among mature age students: some comments on the approaches to studying inventory (ASI-S)

Fogarty, Gerard J. and Taylor, Janet A. (1997) Learning styles among mature age students: some comments on the approaches to studying inventory (ASI-S). Higher Education Research and Development, 16 (3). pp. 321-330. ISSN 0729-4360


The short form of Entwistle's (1981, 1983) Approaches to Studying Inventory (ASI-S) was administered to 503 mature-aged students, most of whom identified themselves as
disadvantaged and were returning to study after many years absence. Analysis of the 503 responses showed that internal consistency estimates for the seven subscales of the ASI-S
were generally low but that confirmatory factor analysis could recover two major dimensions corresponding to deep and surface orientations to learning. To examine the
predictive validity of the ASI-S with this population, results for a maths unit they were studying were regressed on factor scores. Results of the structural analysis indicated that the deep orientation was unrelated to academic progression in mathematics but that high scores on the surface orientation were associated with poor academic performance (=.092). These findings indicate that broad learning orientations are fundamental and can be
indentified in a group of students returning to study after a long absence. The study also emphasises the importance of examining the particular study context when evaluating the
effect of learning orientations. The effect of deep and surface orientations may be positive or negative depending on the subject area and the learning context.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:31
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning styles; mature age students; Approaches to Studying Inventory; ASI-S; Entwistle
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/0729436970160306
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/932

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