Approaches to Study of Distance Education Students

G. Harper, D. Kember

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The‘Approaches to Studying’inventory of Ramsden and Entwistle (1981) was administered to groups of external and internal students at Capricornia Institute and the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education. Factor analysis revealed a similar factor structure for external students to that of the total sample. This finding, together with analysis of variance data, is taken as evidence that it is valid to use the inventory and the associated theories on learning styles with distance education students. Analysis of variance data showed differences in learning styles for older students. The implications of this finding for the design of distance education courses are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-222
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1986
Externally publishedYes


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