DETERMINATION OF PREFERRED LEARNING STYLES OF ADULT LEARNERS AS A MEANS OF ENHANCING THEIR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN ADULT LITERACY CENTRES IN ANAMBRA STATE

Author: Chieke Joseph Chukwutobe
Department: Adult Education
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University

The purpose of this study was to determine the preferred learning styles of adult learners as a means of enhancing their academic performance in adult literacy centres in Anambra State. Four research questions were formulated to guide the study and four hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The study was a descriptive survey. The population of the study was 12,315 adult learners in adult literacy centres in Anambra State. Using proportionate stratified sampling technique, 1,607 adult learners were sampled and used for the study. 39 itemed questionnaire which was developed by the researcher was used as instrument for data collection. The questionnaire was validated by three research experts of Adult Education and Educational Foundation Department of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Data collected were analysed using percentages , mean scores and z-test. The reliability co-efficient of a pilot test which was carried out at Enugu stood at 0.88, which was a high reliability index. Findings of the study show that respondents accepted visual, auditory and environmental learning styles as their preferred learning styles and did not accept kinesthetic learning style as their preferred learning styles. There was no significant difference found in the mean responses of the four groups that made up the sample. Based on the finings, three implications, three recommendations and three suggestions for further studies were made.

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