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Comparative Analysis of Learning Styles of Students of USA and Bangladesh

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Innovative Learning, Comparative Learning Analysis, and Lessons Learned

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25.328.1 - 25.328.10



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Quamrul H. Mazumder University of Michigan, Flint

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Quamrul Mazumder is a professor of mechanical engineering at University of Michigan, Flint. His research interests includes computational fluid dynamics, metacognition approaches of learning, active and experiential learning, renewable energy, and global engineering education. His teaching areas are fluid mechanics, renewable energy, introduction to engineering, and senior design.

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Md. Rezaul Karim

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Comparative Analysis of Learning Styles of Students of USA and BangladeshA study was conducted to compare and evaluate different learning styles of students inBangladesh and USA. The objective was to identify the similarities and differences amongindividual student learning styles using Fielder-Silverman model and index of learning styles.The study was performed using 135 sets of data from two different universities of Bangladeshand 47 sets of data from an US university. Due to significant differences in instructionalmethods and learning environments between public and private universities in Bangladesh, thelearning styles of students were also different. Another contributing factor may be the socio-economic background of students as cost of education at private universities in Bangladesh issignificantly higher than that of public universities.Statistical analysis performed to identify the factors affecting learning styles such as age, gender,years in school, undergraduate or graduate student, etc. Comparison of learning styles ofstudents from different background with same class level revealed information about differentlearning styles that may contribute to the rate of academic success. It was also evident thatfemale students learn differently than male students irrespective of their socio-culturalbackground. The results of the analysis can be used along with their academic performance todetermine whether individual learning style of students have any influence on their academicperformance as students with certain learning style may be more successful in STEM disciplines.The results will also help identify and explore different teaching strategies that can be used toimprove learning effectiveness in the classroom.

Mazumder, Q. H., & Karim, M. R. (2012, June), Comparative Analysis of Learning Styles of Students of USA and Bangladesh Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21086

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