Over the years, there seems to be no end to debates
regarding gender and learning. Admittedly, there
are differences between how men and women learn.
Our tutors have some views about gender and the learning
Based on my experience, male learners prefer an informal,
more visual learning style. They also thrive in a learning
environment which allows them the fl exibility to move
around and discuss in groups. However, they seem to have
trouble focusing on the lesson for extended periods of time.
Usually, you will fi nd that it is the female learners who
outperform the male learners. How can we narrow the
gap between the two? We need to diversify our teaching
methods and come up with innovative approaches to cater
to differences between both genders.
Dr Hu Laey Nee
Sarawak Learning Centre
INDEPENDENT LEARNING FOR TESL
I have been an OUM tutor for the TESL programme for
the past eight years. This programme involves classroom
communication activities such as discussions, forums and
presentations as a major aspect of the teaching and learning
From my observation, I fi nd no difference in terms of
communicative and analytical learning styles between male
and female learners. This is perhaps due to the nature of the
TESL programme which requires the learners, regardless of
gender, to do research and read widely. This means that they
have to be independent learners to a certain extent.
Puan Noor Adlina Gooi Abdullah
Kelantan Learning Centre
NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE
In my opinion, I believe that there is no difference
between male and female adult learners when it comes to
acquiring knowledge. Regardless of gender, any learner
has the potential to cope and adapt reasonably well to their
Prior to the commencement of tutorials, OUM learners
are required to attend workshops which expose them to the
blended mode of learning. This is to ensure that they are
able to function as independent learners.
At the same time, it is also important that learners remain
highly motivated throughout the duration of their studies.
They should also communicate and interact effectively with
peers, tutors and administrators. All these things can be
developed by anyone regardless of gender.
Segar Raja M
Kedah Learning Centre