North, South, Least, Best: Geographical location and the thinking styles of Italian university students

Francesco Sofo, Michelle Berzins, Cinzia Colapinto, Salvatore Ammirato

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    Abstract

    There are economic and socio-cultural differences that characterise the north and south of Italy. A stereotype is that university students from rural southern Italy are more disadvantaged and isolated than those from the urban north. Past research has hypothesised that differences in socio-economic status impact on student learning, which is a factor of thinking style. This study set out to explore if university students from a northern and a southern Italian university report markedly different thinking style preferences. Samples of 170 students from the University of Calabria and 263 students from the University of Milan were surveyed using Sofo’s (2005) Thinking Style Inventory. If economic and socio‑cultural differences impact on preferred ways of thinking of university students, the impacts may very well be mediated through various pedagogical or informational methods and communication technology. The results of the study did not produce all the expected differences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)269-293
    Number of pages25
    JournalAustralian Journal of Adult Learning
    Volume49
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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