The Revised Approaches to Studying Inventory (RASI) and its use in management education

Angus Duff

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Learning styles research has been widely applied within the fields of management education and development. This article introduces an alternative concept of learning styles – approach to learning – which has scarcely impacted on the field of management learning. The development of an approach to learning instrument, the Revised Approaches to Studying Inventory (RASI) is described. I outline how approaches to learning may contribute to our understanding of teaching and learning in management education using a model of presage–process–product. Using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), some psychometric properties of the RASI are examined using samples of business and management undergraduate students. CFAs support the hypothesized structure of Tait and Entwistle (1996). Consequently, use of the RASI by management educators is encouraged. The article concludes with some ways in which the RASI may be applied to enhance the quality of learning of management students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56 - 72
JournalActive Learning in Higher Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004


  • approach to learning
  • learning styles
  • management education
  • quality of learning


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