Manufacturing environments like graphic communications are becoming more diverse with respect to the work experience, socioeconomic status, job type, and generational membership of employees. To examine the impact of this diversity on instructional design requirements, this study examined the relationship between the learning style of employees and four factors: generational cohort, socioeconomic status, occupation, and length of service. A purposeful sample of employees (n=15) from the Middle Atlantic States completed an online survey utilizing Kolb's Learning Style Inventory and Hollingshead's Index of Social Position, as well as soliciting essential demographic data. Due to sample size, statistical tests for significance were calculated using the Fisher-Freeman-Halton Exact Test providing two-tailed p-values of probability of significance. Analysis of the data revealed no significant relationships between learning style preference and each of the four independent variables. Results also showed no significant difference in the distribution of learning styles among the three generational cohorts (Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y). When compared to the norms for the Kolb's Learning Style Inventory no variation was shown, except for one significant preference for the active experimentation mode (AE). While this study focused on the graphic communications industry, the results suggested no factors to distinguish it from other industries with respect to learning style preferences and the independent variables. Because no significance relationship between learning styles and the independent variables was identified, the findings reinforce the importance for the instructional design community to implement practices to creating multiple-mode learning material to target the variation of learning style preferences present in organizations.
|Commitee:||Redden, Charlotte, Schildgen, Thomas|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Instructional Design, Adult education, Vocational education|
|Keywords:||Generations, Graphic communications, Industrial training, Instructional design, Learning styles, Socioeconomic status|
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