LEARNING STYLES ADOPTED BY HIGHER STUDIES STUDENTS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH FIELD OF STUDY

F. Ibrahim

University of Mosul (IRAQ)
The research aims at investigating the learning styles adopted by higher studies students in Basic Education College, and knowing if there is a relationship between student learning style and their field of study. The sample of the research consists of (63) higher studies students (all the students in preparation year 2012-2013) in the following fields (Departments): History, English language, Arabic language, Sports, Teaching Methods, Educational psychology. Descriptive approach is used in this study. By adopting Felder – Silverman Learning and Teaching Styles Model (1988), the researcher used questionnaire as a tool to collect data from the sample, Solomon - Felder index of learning style (1991) is applied after summarized into 20 items, each 5 items represent 4 main learning styles (processing: active – reflective , perception: sensing – intuitive , input: visual- verbal , understanding : sequential – global). The results revealed that the common learning styles were located in the cycle of the following learning style respectively: Active, Sensing, Sequential, and Verbal. There was no further impact of the fields of specialization on learning styles.