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PERCEPTUAL LEARNING STYLE PREFERENCES OF GENERAL CHEMISTRY

Researcher: Marivic C. Manalese

ABSTRACT

The study is entitled “Perceptual Learning Style Preferences of General Chemistry Students in Aldersgate College”. Generally, the objective of the study was to determine the perceptual learning style preferences of the freshmen nursing students of Aldersgate College. Specifically, this study attempted to determine the profile of the freshmen nursing students of Aldersgate College in terms of gender, occupation of parents and type of high school graduated from; find out the perceptual learning style preferences of the General Chemistry students in terms of the elements of auditory, tactile, visual, and kinesthetic; find out the level of performance of the respondents in General Chemistry; determine the significant relationship between the students’ profile and their perceptual learning style preferences in General Chemistry; and determine the significant relationship between the level of performance in General Chemistry and the perceptual learning style preferences of the respondents.

The study employed the descriptive-correlation research method where the respondents’ profiles were correlated to their perceptual learning style preferences. The perceptual learning style preferences of the respondents were also correlated to their level of performance in Chemistry.

The respondents of the study were the General Chemistry students of Aldersgate College, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya and were subjected to tools that were used in this study such as Perceptual Learning Style Preferences Questionnaire (PLSPQ), which determined their score in four elements- auditory, tactile, visual, kinesthetic, and the Personal Information Questionnaire (PIQ), which determined the profile of the respondents such as gender, occupation of parents and type of High School graduated from.

The research instruments used in this study are the PLSPQ adapted from Dunn and Dunn Learning Style Questionnaire, copyright by Joy Reid and the PIQ to determine whether gender, occupation of parents and type of High School graduated from relate to perceptual learning style preferences. The items in the PLSPQ were scored in the following manner: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for strongly agree, agree, undecided, disagree and strongly disagree respectively. The weighted mean and average weighted mean were computed to determine the perceptual learning style preferences of the respondents. To determine the Level of Performance in General Chemistry of the respondents, the descriptive equivalent of their final grade was used. In the Personal Information Questionnaire, the responses of the respondents were grouped for comparative analyses.

The study yielded that seventy one and sixty seven hundredths percent (71.67%) are female; thirty eight and thirty three hundredths percent (38.33%) of the respondents father are agricultural, animal husbandry, forestry workers and fishermen and twenty one and sixty seven hundredths percent (21.67%) of the mothers are either professionals, technical and related workers, managerial, executive and administrative workers or production process workers, transport equipment operator, laborers or housewives. Seventy five percent (75%) of the respondents graduated from public high schools; and twenty five percent (25 %) graduated from private high schools. Eighty three and thirty three hundredths percent (83.33%) had satisfactory level of performance and sixteen and sixty seven hundredths percent (16.67%) of the respondents had very satisfactory level of performance in General Chemistry.

The auditory learning style, Rank 1 with a weighted mean of 3.75 followed by visual learning style, Rank 2 with a weighted mean of 3.65 with slight difference on kinesthetic learning style, Rank 3 with a weighted mean of 3.64. The tactile learning style, Rank 4 with a weighted mean of 3.57, and interpreted as Agree.

There is no significant relationship between the profile and the perceptual learning style preferences of the General Chemistry students.

There is no significant relationship between the level of performance in General Chemistry and the perceptual learning style preferences of the respondents.

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