Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Community College Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Broussard, Burness


Rowan College--Students; Salem Community College (Carneys Point, N.J.)--Students; Learning


Higher Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to compare the learning styles of community college versus four year college General Psychology students and male versus female college students from the combined groups, to ascertain if differences in learning style existed between the groups. The study identified David Kolb's Learning Styles Inventory elements that were important to the males/females and community college/four-year college students.

The sample included 16 General Psychology students from Salem Community College, and 29 General Psychology students from Rowan College. There were 27 female and 18 male students who participated from Salem Community College and Rowan College combined.

All subjects completed David Kolb's Learning Styles Inventory in a classroom setting. The proportion of students preferring each learning style was the unit of analysis. A two-tailed t test was performed and results indicated that there were no statistically significant differences between the learning styles of community college versus four-year college students, nor between the learning styles of female versus male college students.