Learning style, career preference, field dependent, field independent.
The research investigated the effects of learning styles on career preferences of senior secondary school students in Jigawa State, Nigeria. A total of six hundred students, three hundred and sixty male, and two hundred and forty female were randomly selected from ten senior secondary schools across the state for the study. Two different data collection instruments were used to gather data for the research'. These are Kazembe Sorting Test (KST) and Vocational Interest Inventory (VII) to test learning styles, and career preferences respectively. Chi-square, was used to find the effect of independent variable (learning style) and dependent variable (career preference). The findings of the study revealed that: There is significant sex difference in learning styles; there is significant sex difference in career preference. Significant differences do exist between field dependents and field independent subjects (student). Finally, recommendations were offered for appropriate counselling practice on the students having varieties of learning styles.
Key Words: Learning style, career preference, field dependent, field independent.