ERIC Number: ED195709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-6
Reference Count: 0
Learning Style as a Tool in Career Guidance.
Knowledge of students' learning styles can be a valuable tool in counseling them on what type of job/work environment they will be most satisfied in. A student's preference for work environments can be assessed by using learning style inventories, such as Canfield's, since many of the characteristics people prefer in the learning environment correspond to similar characteristics in work environments. Canfield's inventory identifies individual preferences for conditions, content, mode, and expectancy. Conditions refer to preferences for working with peers or working alone, and preference for organization, attention to detail, knowing the instructor and authority. Content preferences are for numeric, qualitative (words), inanimate objects, or people. Mode identifies how an individual prefers to receive information: listening, reading, ironic (diagrams), and direct experience; while expectancy refers to a person's expectation of success at a learning task or a job. Using the learning style inventory as a guidance tool, the counselor can help the student identify the strongest preferences from the condition, content, and mode groups and compare these characteristics to task analyses of specific occupations. Knowledge of learning style will help the individual to select an occupation where the stimulus conditions of the work environment will be positive reinforcers. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canfield Lafferty Learning Styles Inventory; Learning Styles Inventory
Note: Not available in paper copy due to thin, broken print. Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA, December 6, 1980).