The Perception of B.Ed. Students on Printed Self-Learning Material and Learning Style in ODL
Keywords:Open and distance learning (ODL), Self-learning material (SLM), Course team model, Bachelor of education (B.Ed.), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
The present study discusses the perception of B.Ed. students of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on self learning print materials (SLMs) and their learning style in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system. 100 B.Ed. students (50 male and 50 female) were selected purposively from the Delhi Region who had enrolled in the B.Ed. programme of IGNOU in January 2011 and January 2012 sessions. Descriptive survey method has been employed to conduct the present study. Two separate questionnaires based on 5-point rating scales: one on perception of students on SLM, and the other on learning style of students in ODL have been used to collect the data. The data was analysed by using both parametric and non-parametric statistics. The study found a strong positive correlation (0.57) among the scores of students in their perception on SLM and learning style. No significant difference was observed between the male and female students both in their scores in learning style as well as, on the perception scale. The teaching experience of the students did not influence either their
learning style or perception. The number of male and female students who had scored above or below the desired average scores either in the scale of learning style in ODL or in their perception on SLM did not differ significantly.