The relationship between university students' problem solving styles, cultural values, and ethics

Students have very definite but decidedly different ways of using their minds.These differences in thinking are also thought to be related to different learning preferences as well as how individuals approach decision making concerning ethical and international matters. This paper examines the possible linkages between students' ethical and cultural values and Raudsepp’s problem solving styles model of information gathering and processing. The value systems considered are the four ethical systems identified by Hitt and the cultural value dimensions outlined by Hofstede. To better educate diverse groups of students, a broader, more balanced approach is recommended to general course design.