International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Comparing Students' Learning Styles in Three Languages Majors at Mu'tah University in Jordan
Dr. Ali A. Aljaafreh

This study looked into the effect of Discipline, GPA and Gender on students' learning styles. 613 male and female students from three languages majors in a Jordanian university participated in the study. Schmeck, Ribich, and Ramanaiah's (1977) Inventory of Learning Processes measurement (ILP) was employed in the study. The results of the study revealed that the students' discipline and their GPAs exerted important effects on their use of three of the ILP processes (Deep Processing, Elaborative Processing, and Methodical Study): There were significant differences between the students according to their majors, and the students with higher GPAs were superior to those with lower GPAs in using these processes. The study showed also that gender may affect the use of two ILP processes (Deep Processing and Methodical Study). The findings of the study suggest that there is a strong relation between learning styles and academic achievement. It also suggests that variables, such as discipline and gender might be an artifact of some indirect elements in students' learning and teaching environment as well as their societal and cultural milieu.

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