Do Learning Styles Influenced by Gender: A Qualitative Study Among Physiology Undergraduate Medical Students

Authors

  • Kausar Afshan Assistant Professor

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v7i4.59

Keywords:

Learning styles, VARK Questionnaire,

Abstract

Introduction

Current and future trends in medical learning enforce huge burden of mastering a different set of competencies among medical student. Furthermore, the important task in medical education isto provide adequate and satisfactory student learning. Thus, better awareness of learning style preferences and various factors (such as gender) influencing learning styles, can help in delivery of rewarding, satisfying and pleasant learning experience to the students.

Aim

The study was planned with the aim of assessing the influence of gender on learning style preferences among Undergraduate Medical Students of Physiology.

Materials and Method

In this cross-sectional study among 100 undergraduate medical students of physiology, Visual, Aural, Read/write and Kinesthetic (VARK) questionnaire version 7.8 was used to collect information of students’ learning style preferences. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the variables. Chi-square test was performed to evaluate the influence of gender on learning style preferences.

Results

In the study, 82.22%Males and 68.75% females exhibited multiple sensory preferences. Furthermore only 17.77%Male, 31.25% Female, preferred a single sensory modality for receiving information. However gender differences were NOT significant.

Conclusion

Most students both male and female had preferences for multimodal learning style. Furthermore gender had no significant association with learning style preference.

Author Biography

Kausar Afshan, Assistant Professor

Kausar Afshan1, Daimi Sayed Badar2,*, Kadam Charulata Chandrakant3

1Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, JIIU'S Indian Institute of Medical Science & Research, (JIIU'S IIMSR) Medical College, Warudi, Badnapur, Jalna

2Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, JIIU'S IIMSR, Warudi, Badnapur, Jalna

3Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, SSPM Medical College and Lifetime Hospital, Padve Kasal-Malvan, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra

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Published

2019-11-21

How to Cite

Kausar Afshan. (2019). Do Learning Styles Influenced by Gender: A Qualitative Study Among Physiology Undergraduate Medical Students . International Journal of Physiology, 7(4), 61–66. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v7i4.59