Title: An empirical research of e-learners' learning styles by Q-methodology

Authors: Chung-Chu Liu

Addresses: Business Administration, National Taipei University, 151, University Road, San Shia, Taipei, 237 Taiwan, ROC

Abstract: Learning styles refer to the attitudes and behaviours that determine the preferred ways of learning of an individual. The purpose of this research is to construct the e-learners| learning styles based on their perception. An in-depth interview is used to collect data. Q-methodology is used to analyse data. According to the results, e-learners| learning styles are categorised into three learning styles: positive evaluator, suspicious participant and interactive empathiser. The results show the current situation relating to e-learners| learning styles, provide companies and schools with references, and offer consultations of e-learners as well.

Keywords: attitudes; e-learners; e-learning; in-depth interview; learning styles; Q-methodology; Q-sort; scree test; style; online learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2008.019145

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2008 Vol.5 No.6, pp.633 - 650

Published online: 30 Jun 2008 *

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