Application of kolb learning style inventory to evaluate convergers, divergers, assimilators and accommodators minds of the mbbs medical students of a medical college of south india

Author: 
Bouddh Surendra K., Gosai Suresh R and Nirmal S.R

Background: Mr. Kolb, 1984, described, there are four types of learner, i.e., Converger, Diverger, Assimilator, and Accommodator.
Aims and Objectives: The objectives of the study was to “evaluate Convergers, Divergers, Assimilators and Accommodators mind- sets of the MBBS Medical Students of a Medical College of South India by using Kolb Learning Style Inventory (KLSI)”.
Materials and Methods: We distributed a Questionnaire to the three groups A, B, C of MBBS students of a Medical College Hospital of South India. The students attempted the questions, gave themselves as response: 4 = most like, 3 = more like, 2 = like, 1= least like.
Results: In the present study 20 (15.5%), 18 (13.7%) and 24 (20.9%) students of MBBS 1st year, 2nd year & 3rd year, respectively, were converger learner. The Diverger learners were 15 (11.6%), 17 (12.9%) and 9(7.8%) from MBBS 1st year, 2nd year & 3rd year, respectively. The 35 (27.1%), 55 (47.8%) & 31 (26.9%) learner from MBBS1st year,2nd year & 3rd year, respectively, were assimilator type, while, 9 (6.9%), 3 (2.3%) & 8 (6.9%) learner were Accommodator type from MBBS 1st year, 2nd year & 3rd year, respectively. The32. 6%, 25. 9 % and 27.8 % students from MBBS 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year, respectively, had complex mind sets.
Interpretation & Conclusion The above results show that all types of learners, i.e., Convergers, Divergers, Assimilators and Accommodators have their significant role in the institution or society where they live. The institution or society should design / create various challenging exercises in day – to day teaching activities and also should be included in the curriculum, to increase potentialities of Accommodator-type, Converger-type, Diverger type and Assimilator-type of learners.

 

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