The influence of study styles on distance learners' performance: a case of Bachelor of Education Arts by distance learning, University of Nairobi
This study sought to establish different study styles for distance learners, specifically the study found out the extent to which collaborative study style influenced the learners' performance a case of bachelor of education . arts by distance learning, University of Nairobi, the extent to which portable electronic media study style influenced learners' performance, a case of bachelor of education arts by distance learning, University of Nairobi and the extent to which internet - based study style influenced distance learners' performance, a case of bachelor of education arts by distance learning, University of Nairobi and the extent to which print media study style influenced the learners' performance, a case of bachelor of education arts by distance learning. Using a survey design, data was collected from students enrolled in courses offered through distance education at the University of Nairobi Kakamega Extra Mural Centre through questionnaires and an interview schedule administered to students and the resident lecturer respectively. The data was analyzed using quantitative and qualitative methods such as means; with the use of response, frequency and percentages. The results were presented in tables. Explanations of the respondents' response were discussed in detail. The study found out that distant education students used printed, collaborative learning and web based learning styles. These printed and collaborative learning were the most used styles. However, learning could be enhanced if web based learning was encouraged. The study recommended that portable electronic media study style should be embraced to enhance distance education. It also recommended that group discussions be formally structured and face to face tutorials be accompanied by handouts.