Impact of Culture on Learning Styles and Cognitive Development of Undergraduate Business Management Students

(2018)Yearbook of Varna University of Management. Volume 11. 24 - 36.

16 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2019

Date Written: July 4, 2018

Abstract

This paper aims to present empirical evidence of an association between the individual learnings styles and the cultural values of a small scale undergraduate business students in the context of Higher Education in Bulgaria. It attempts to analyse and contribute for further discussion on the relationship between the cultural dimensions, as defined by Hofstede (1980) and the individual preferences for learning styles in a culturally diverse education environment, evaluated through David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory (1984). Overall, the presented results provide evidence that there exists significant impact of national culture on students’ orientation to concrete experience, and of the business management specialisation to reflective observation, which outlines a distinct preference for divergent and accommodative style of learning within the sample. We also attempt to defend the view that students’ cognitive development, as a result of the impact of the social environment and a continuous learning process, could be enhanced through implementation of Kolb’s Experiential learning model to establish an education environment providing equal opportunities for learning by doing to international students.

Keywords: cognitive abilities, cultural impact, experiential learning, higher education, learning styles

JEL Classification: A31, A22

Suggested Citation

Dimitrova, Nedka, Impact of Culture on Learning Styles and Cognitive Development of Undergraduate Business Management Students (July 4, 2018). (2018)Yearbook of Varna University of Management. Volume 11. 24 - 36., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3331316

Nedka Dimitrova (Contact Author)

Varna University of Management ( email )

13 Oborishte Street
Varna, 9000
Bulgaria

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