Learning Styles of the Students of the Department of Information Management

Kurbanoglu S., AKKOYUNLU B.

TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP, vol.22, no.3, pp.296-307, 2008 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP
  • Page Numbers: pp.296-307


Student-centered approach in education requires collecting information about the students' individual characteristics. Learning styles as one of these individual characteristics vary from one student to the other. Knowing learning styles of the students helps educators to identify the weakest and the strongest sides of each individual and gives them a chance to take action towards improvement. It also helps creating the most appropriate learning environments which directly effect the motivation and achievement of the students. The main aim of this study is to identify learning styles of the Department of Information Management students. Kolb's Learning Style Inventory, which identifi es four different learning styles, namely accommodator, diverger, converger, and assimilator, was used. The survey instrument was distributed to 273 students at the Hacettepe University Department of Information Management. Learning styles of the students were found to be of the type: the assimilator (50.2%), the converger (24.9%), the diverger (13.6%), and the accommodator (11.4%) respectively. These fi ndings suggest that although the assimilator is the most preferred learning style by the students, a wide variety of individual learning styles exist in the classrooms. Consequently, it is important that lecturers should accommodate multiple learning styles when creating learning environments.