ERIC Number: ED249028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Learning Styles and Indian Students: A Review of Research.
More, Arthur J.
To accomplish cultural relevance in the classroom for Indian students, changes in instructional methods must complement alterations in course content. Since learning styles, like cultural features, may vary for Indian students, the effective teacher will master a matching teaching style adapted to emphasize unique cultural strengths rather than to compensate for perceived inadequacies. Although there remain individual differences, common patterns of intellectual abilities, thinking styles, and interests characterize those who share a common cultural background. The resulting learning style encompasses sensory mode and perception, physical setting, general learning conditions, and cognitive processing. Learning style is "the usual or characteristic manner of acquiring knowledge, skills or understanding." Studies of Indian learning styles have focused on perceptual and spatial abilities, environmental factors, impulsive vs. reflective response, relational vs. analytical styles, and simultaneous vs. successive processing. Results indicate Indian student strength in imaginal coding, holistic processing, and simultaneous processing, but relative weakness in verbal coding. Teachers may be able to develop strength in simultaneous processing into successive processing ability. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Relevance (Cultural)
Note: Paper presented at the Mokakit Indian Education Research Conference (London, Ontario, Canada, July 25-27, 1984).