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Quantitative online student profiling to forecast academic outcome from learning styles using dendrogram decision models

Kenneth D. Strang (University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

Multicultural Education & Technology Journal

ISSN: 1750-497X

Article publication date: 10 October 2008

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to inform international student study strategies as well as course design and instructional approach.

Design/methodology/approach

Multiple research methods are applied, starting with exploratory data analysis, principal component analysis, confirmatory ordinal factor analysis, then recursive regression.

Findings

The meta‐cognitive impacts of international learning styles on academic performance over two courses are proven.

Research limitations/implications

The learning styles of multicultural university students are assessed using an online a priori instrument to determine predictive impact on academic performance across different courses.

Practical implications

The implications of the dendrogram models are briefly explained with respect to student counselling, student study strategies and teaching approaches. The findings are discussed with respect to rival learning style theories and to appease criticisms of meta‐analysis reviews.

Originality/value

Several statistically significant models were created including varimax and promax rotation solutions from ordinal factor analysis, as well as item response and latent factor dendrograms from recursive regression.

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Citation

Strang, K.D. (2008), "Quantitative online student profiling to forecast academic outcome from learning styles using dendrogram decision models", Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 215-242. https://doi.org/10.1108/17504970810911043

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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