p-ISSN 2146-796X
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Recep Öztürk
Salih Murat Akkın
Süphan Nasır

Associate Editors
Burak Önal
Harun Serpil
Yiğit Yurder
2019 Volume 9
Deomed Publishing
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Volume 3, Issue 3, December 2013,
Page(s): 121-128
Empirical Research
Received: July 1, 2013; Accepted: August 26, 2013; Published online: December 20, 2013
doi:10.2399/yod.13.019; Copyright © 2013, Deomed
Adaptation of Social Interaction Learning Styles by Freshman Engineering Students in Communication Courses
Tanju Deveci (E-mail)
Arts and Sciences Program, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, The UAE
This study aimed to determine the effects of communication courses on engineering students’ use of social interaction learning styles at the Petroleum Institute, the UAE. A total of 62 freshman students participated in the study during 2012-2013 academic year. The quantitative data were collected using the Grasha-Reichmann Student Learning Style Scales (GRSLSS). A paired sample t-test and the Wilcoxon test were used to investigate the pre-test and post-test results. Semi-structured interviews were also held with 10 of the consenting participants to gather qualitative data. The results indicated that the participants adapted some of their learning styles reflected by increased scores for “collaborative”, “participant” and “avoidant” styles and by decreased scores for “competitive” and “dependent” styles. Some of these changes were attributed to the participants’ engagement in constant teamwork as well as multi-cultural aspects of the learning context. It is suggested that engineering students be exposed to more teamwork activities, which involve more active learning styles in order to be better equipped with soft-skills that engineers require.
Keywords: Adaption, GRSLSS, engineering education, learning styles.
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