Option choices in a geography degree: congruence or divergence with learning style?

John Bradbeer,   University of Portsmouth,  UK

Abstract: Geography has long claimed to be the synthetic discipline combining perspectives from the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.  Options at degree level reflect this catholicity.  Kolb categorised geography as a moderatley abstract and reflective discipline, while Nulty and Barrett have categorised it as soft applied or concrete active. While such differences could reflect national contrasts in the discipline, they may also be descriptive of different parts of the discipline.  I have used Honey and Mumford's LSQ to see whether students in geography at the University of Portsmouth cluster into particular sub-disciplines according to their learning styles and whether there is any congruence between their learning style and their chosen options.   On the basis of a single cohort of students, I conclude that there is no pattern of clustering according to learning styles but that there does seem to be a gender effect.   I present my findings as work in progress !

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