ERIC Number: ED297906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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Learning Styles and Native Americans.
Browne, Dauna B.
This paper summarizes research on learning styles, then examines the cognitive style of Native American primary school students. Five theories of cognitive style (Dunn and Dunn, Gregorc, Kagan, Witkin, and Cohen) are examined along with the test instruments these theories have fostered. A sixth concept of cognitive style, brain hemispheric preference, is applied to a study of 197 Native American children. Testing indicates these children show greater strength in right hemisphere processing. It is suggested this hemispheric preference is encouraged by both the maturation process during early childhood and by the Native American's learning style. Based on this theory, 10 criteria for beginning reading programs for Native American children are identified. A holistic approach which recognizes Native American language, culture, and learning styles to teaching language skills is recommended. (CS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Embedded Figures Test; Learning Styles Inventory; Matching Familiar Figures Test (Kagan); Native Americans; Reading Concepts; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (Revised)