Many studies have been conducted in different disciplines using ELT as a framework.In academic literature the most published research on learning styles is on education discipline, followed by business management and computer science engineering.
Learning styles; Kolb; Experiential learning theory; Gender; Management education The term “learning styles” is being used in educational literature since 1970s.
Kolb’s learning theory The work by Dewey, Lewin and Piaget have a strong influence on Kolb’s experiential learning theory (ELT) and learning styles inventory (LST).
Kolb’s experiential learning theory emphasizes on the role of experience in individual’s learning process. Active Experimentation (AE) Kolb (1984) further stated that the learning style of the students must comprise different abilities. Accommodating (CE/AE) Diverging learning Style - combines feeling and watching (CE/RO), learners in this category are sensitive, and they prefer to watch rather than do, the gather information and use imagination to solve problems.
Further results also indicate non-significant difference of learning style and gender in all groups.
The performance scores of males were found higher in Finance and Marketing disciplines, whereas scores of females were higher in Human Resource and International Business disciplines irrespective of non consistency in all the groups.