Course Preferences Research

In 2012, Dionna completed and published her Dissertation entitled “Counseling Students’ Learning Styles and Course Preferences for Traditional, Online and Blended Learning in Graduate School.”

The desire to get an education and gain a preference for a specific course format such as: traditional, full online and blended learning has dramatically increased since the rise of technology. This study collected data from three of the five Argosy University campuses that were under the CACREP Counseling Program. The survey for this study was distributed online through Survey Monkey. Upon approval, Program Directors sent an e-mail (prepared by this researcher) with a link to the survey. Sixty-three participants started the survey for this study, but only 55 completed the entire survey including the learning styles assessment section. Out of 55 participants, 49 (89%) of respondents were female and 6 (11%) were male. Twenty-six (47%) were White, 21 (38%) were Black, 2 (2%) were Asian and Jewish, and 6 (11%) were Other. When asked which learning format they preferred the most, 26 (47%) of all students preferred the Traditional learning format; 24 (44%) preferred the Blended learning format; and 5 (9%) preferred the Online learning format.

A descriptive statistical test was ran in SPSS to identify the breakdown of the participants by frequency distribution, mean, median, and mode. A one-way Chi Square statistical test was run by SPSS to determine if graduate counseling students had a preference for a specific learning format (Traditional, Online, and Blended learning). A MANOVA statistical test was ran to determine if there was a difference between the graduate counseling students preferred learning format and their specific learning style in relation to their preferred learning format. The specific learning style options were from the Building Excellence survey six learning style scales such as the “Auditory, Kinesthetic, Tactual, Auditory Verbal, Visual Picture, and Visual Word” (Rundle & Dunn, 2008).

The purpose of this study was to determine the specific course formats that Argosy University Counseling students preferred and the relationship between their preferences and specific course formats. The results of this study indicated that Argosy University Counseling Students have a preference for more traditional courses than online and blended learning. These results display that course preferences exist amongst counseling graduate students who attend Argosy University and are enrolled in a CACREP Accredited Counseling Program.

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