A note on the problem solving style questionnaire: an alternative to Kolb’s learning style inventory?

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Given the psychometric limitations of existing measures of Kolb's experiential learning model (ELM), two new scales of learning styles have been developed. The validity of these scales has been supported in samples of undergraduate and MBA students in the USA. This paper provides evidence of some psychometric properties of scores yielded by these scales using samples of undergraduate students in the UK. Only limited support is found for the internal consistency reliability and construct validity of scores produced by the scales. However, an item attrition exercise identifies a two‐factor solution providing an acceptable fit to the data. The scales are reported as being positively correlated with academic performance and prior academic achievement. Despite the mixed evidence, we suggest further development of the scales is warranted to create a psychometrically sound measure of the ELM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699–709
Number of pages11
JournalEducational Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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