The Influence of Culture on Learning Styles

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Oktavian Mantiri

Universitas Klabat; Asia-Pacific International University

Date Written: February 17, 2013


Every classroom is diverse and unique in its own way.

Teachers know that students learn in different ways; the experience in the classroom confirms this every day. In addition, well-accepted theories and extensive research illustrate and document learning differences. Most educators can talk about learning differences, whether by the name of learning styles, cognitive styles, psychological type, or multiple intelligence. Learners bring their own individual approach, talents and interests to the learning situation.

We also know that an individual learner's culture, family background, and socioeconomic level affect his or her learning. The context in which someone grows and develops has an important impact on learning.

These beliefs, principles and theories have an important impact on the opportunities for success for every student in our schools.

Culture encapsulates various aspects. There are a number of cultural factors, which have direct implications for teaching and learning. Teachers need to be responsive to individual ethnic groups’ cultural values, practices, language, learning preferences, involvement and familial patterns. Teachers are challenged to accommodate for cultural diversity that influence learning styles in their classroom.

Keywords: culture and learning style; learning differences; cultural differences in learning styles

Suggested Citation

Mantiri, Oktavian, The Influence of Culture on Learning Styles (February 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Oktavian Mantiri (Contact Author)

Universitas Klabat

Jalan Arnold Mononutu
Manado, Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi) 95371

Asia-Pacific International University ( email )

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Muak Lek, Saraburi 18180


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