Studying the Style of Learning in Bachelor's and Master's Programs After Graduating from the Medical University of Plovdivusing the David Kolb's Method
New paradigm in education places the learner at the center of the pedagogical process. Knowledge of the style of learning makes it possible to reveal the potential of each student, to develop his/her learning abilities, which is a prerequisite for successful learning. In today's environment David Kolb's procedural method of learning is the most popular one. Aim. To study the style of learning in Bachelor's and Master's programs after graduating from the Medical University of Plovdiv using the David Kolb's method. Material and methods. Direct group anonymous poll for determining the style of learning using the Kolb’s method is used through an adapted and validated for the Bulgarian community instrument by A.Pojarliev. For statistical data processing software SPSS v.17.0 was used and for graphical presentation of results - MS Excel 2016. Results. 156 students from Bachelor’s and Master's programs after higher education studied at the Faculty of Public Health, Medical University - Plovdiv were interviewed. The age range of the respondents is 23÷62 years and the average age is 35.37±9.26 years. The results show that the way students study is not directly related to gender, but there is a statistically significant relation between age, studied specialty and level of education. The learning style is predominant (36.5%), followed by assimilative (21.8%) and convergent (17.3%).Conclusion. Knowing the style of learning can guide us what activities and teaching materials to plan and how to deliver the theoretical content in order to create engaging, motivated and enjoyable learning for the majority of the audience.
Key words - Learning style, students, education.