Learning Style Preferences of Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Systematic Review

  • Tonderai Washington Shumba Welwitchia Health Training Centre, Namibia
  • Scholastika Ndatinda Iipinge Welwitchia Health Training Centre, Namibia
Keywords: learning styles, undergraduate nurse student, Namibia, academic performance

Abstract

This study sought to synthesise evidence from published literature on the various learning style preferences of undergraduate nursing students and to determine the extent they can play in promoting academic success in nursing education of Namibia. A comprehensive literature search was conducted on electronic databases as a part of the systematic review. Although, kinaesthetic, visual and auditory learning styles were found to be the most dominant learning style preferences, most studies (nine) indicated that undergraduate nursing students have varied learning styles. Studies investigating associations of certain demographic variables with the learning preferences indicated no significant association. On the other hand, three studies investigating association between learning styles and academic performance found a significant association. Three studies concluded that indeed learning styles change over time and with academic levels. The more nurse educators in Namibia are aware of their learning styles and those of their students, the greater the potential for increased academic performance.

Author Biographies

Tonderai Washington Shumba, Welwitchia Health Training Centre, Namibia

Lecturer and Research Coordinator

Research Unit

Scholastika Ndatinda Iipinge, Welwitchia Health Training Centre, Namibia

Professor & Rector

Welwitchia Health Training Centre, Namibia

Published
2019-08-12
How to Cite
Shumba, T. W., & Iipinge, S. N. (2019). Learning Style Preferences of Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Systematic Review. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 21(1), 25 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2520-5293/5758
Section
Review Article