Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 22

Volume 22 Number 2, Pages 135-146

Summer 2011


Teach Them How They Learn: Learning Styles and Information Systems Education


Casey G. Cegielski
Benjamin T. Hazen
R. Kelly Rainer

Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849, USA

Abstract: The rich, interdisciplinary tradition of learning styles is markedly absent in information systems-related research. The current study applies the framework of learning styles to a common educational component of many of today’s information systems curricula - object-oriented systems development - in an effort to answer the question as to whether one’s learning style, when matched with a specific complementary instructional methodology, results in increased domain-specific performance. The data collected from 196 information systems majors enrolled in object-oriented systems development courses suggest that task performances increases significantly when the instructional methodology closely mirrors the student’s learning style inclination.

Keywords: Learning styles, Object-oriented programming, Unified modeling language, Computer programming

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Recommended Citation: Cegielski, C. G., Hazen, B. T., & Rainer, R. K. (2011). Teach Them How They Learn: Learning Styles and Information Systems Education. Journal of Information Systems Education, 22(2), pp. 135-146.