The impact of cultural factors on students' learning style preferences: A global comparison between Japan, Australia and Belgium

Gregory Boland, Satoshi Sugahara, Evelien Opdecam, Patricia Everaert

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Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine empirically the relationship between cultural factors and students’ learning style preferences in the context of the current global convergence in accounting education.

Design/methodology/approach – Kolb's Learning Style Inventory and Hofstede's Value Survey Model for Young People were administered to 244 undergraduate students studying accounting in Japanese, Australian and Belgian universities.

Findings – The outcome of this research revealed that the student groups from Australia and Belgium tended to be more individualistic in their learning and were more willing to learn by doing, while Japanese students do not prefer to learn by doing, but prefer learning by watching.

Originality/value – The results might be of interest to accounting educators to assist them with the smooth introduction of the International Education Standards (IES) by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the International Accounting Education Standard Board (IAESB).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-265
Number of pages23
JournalAsian Review of Accounting
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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