GRADE SIX STUDENTS LEARNING STYLES IN MALAYSIA (21 - 30)
Keywords:learning styles, students’ aspiration, learning readiness, revision
This study examines the learning styles among Form Six students according to students’ demographic variables such as gender, CGPA, stream, types of school, race, family income and location of the school. The sample consists of 8,108 students who sat for the Malaysia High School Certificate in 2009. The instrument used was a set of questionnaires which comprise of four constructs that are Students’ Aspiration, Learning Readiness, During Learning and Revision with 4-point Likert-type scale (4 = Strongly Agree, 3 = Agree, 2 = Disagree and 1 = Strongly Disagree). Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Research findings indicate that there was a significant difference in male and female learning styles in the Students’ Aspiration (t=-0.522, p=0.000) and Learning Readiness (t=-8.634,p=0.000). The findings also showed that there were significant difference between the constructs and demographic variables except in the Leraning Readiness and Revision with stream and family income respectively. It is hoped that the findings will assist the relevant parties in identifying strategies to improve the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process among students studying in Form Six particularly in elevating the aspiration and learning readiness among the male students.