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Gender Socialization and Learning Style Patterns of Secondary School Students

Othman Mohamed

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 5, Issue 1, March 1997

Keywords: Learning styles, socialization, secondary school

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The research study determined the learning style patterns of secondary school students using Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning theory. The 274 subjects were randomly drawn from four secondary schools in the states of Selangor and Pahang in Malaysia. The resulting learning styles domain pattern of the students was plotted on Kolb’s (1984) learning styles grid. The findings indicated a significant difference between gender for the concrete experience domain scale t(272) = 2.42, p < .05, and the reflective observation domain scale /(272) = -2.77, p < .05. No significant differences were detected on the abstract conceptualization and Active Experimentation domain scales. The research study also found male students were oriented towards the concrete experience domain stage and female students toward the reflective observation domain stage. The gender differences within the concrete and reflective domain were consistent with the traditional gender socialization process.

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