Learning Styles of Australian Aviation Students: An Assessment of the Impact of Culture

This article reports on a study that assessed the impact of culture in a cohort of international aviation students who have chosen to study in Australia. The authors note that an understanding of the impact of national cultures on the learning styles of student pilots from different culture backgrounds will benefit the overall quality of pilot education in Australia. The authors conducted a study of students (n = 88 returned questionnaires; 81 used for analysis) enrolled in the pilot training program of Swinburne University of Technology (SUT). The authors used Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory and also compared student pilots in Australia to student pilots in other nations (China and the U.S.). Results showed that a solid majority (70%) of aviation students were adopting “converging” and “assimilating” learning styles while they were in the training program. For example, Australian students’ preference of Abstract Conceptualization was found to be quite similar to that of American students and different from Chinese students (who preferred Reflective Observation), which is an indication of the impact of national culture on learning style preference. The authors conclude that most SUT students understand the importance of theory, such as aerodynamics, and prefer to use theoretical learning to guide their practical flight training.

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  • Authors:
    • Gao, Yi
    • Au, Kai Tai Stephen
    • Kwon, Hyuk Joo
    • Leong, Eu Wing
  • Publication Date: 2013


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 17-26
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  • Accession Number: 01531958
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2014 8:27PM