Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1793

Full Length Research Paper

The influence of learning styles on academic performance among science education undergraduates at the University of Calabar

Cecilia Obi Nja
  • Cecilia Obi Nja
  • Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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Cornelius-Ukpepi Beneddtte Umali
  • Cornelius-Ukpepi Beneddtte Umali
  • Department of Curriculum, Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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Edoho Emmanuel Asuquo
  • Edoho Emmanuel Asuquo
  • Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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Richard Ekonesi Orim
  • Richard Ekonesi Orim
  • Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 18 August 2019
  •  Accepted: 28 October 2019
  •  Published: 30 November 2019

Abstract

This research work investigated the influence of learning styles on academic performance among Science Education undergraduates of the University of Calabar, Nigeria. The learning model used for this study comprised, visual, auditory, kindergarten, global analytical impulsive, reflective, individual and group models. Expo facto design was used for the study. The target population included all Science Education students in the University of Calabar. Two instruments were used for the study, Learning Styles Questionnaire (LSQ) and 2017/2018 second semester examination raw scores of Introduction to Science Education Result (ISER). The Cronbach’s Alpha reliability coefficient was used for LSQ and the reliability coefficient was calculated, ranging from 0.62 to 0.82. Proportionate stratified and random sampling techniques were employed to get the sample. A total of two-hundred Science Education undergraduate students were chosen at random from the population. Findings showed that students have different learning styles preference. Data analysed revealed that there was a significant difference in student’s choice of learning styles. There was a positive correlation between learning styles and academic performance of students. It was therefore recommended that teachers vary in their teaching methods and strategies to pave way for students to use different learning styles.

 

Key words: Learning styles, students, effective learning, performance, audio-visual.