ERIC Number: ED370886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Strength through Diversity: Utilizing Diverse Learning Styles Study Groups To Strengthen Teaching and Learning Skills.
Price, Elsa C.
To meet the challenges created by diverse learning styles and abilities, community college students are often required to take placement tests to identify individual learning styles. This study was conducted to determine whether organizing students into activity groups based on learning style contributes to performance; and whether grouping students into activity groups representing at least two different learning styles contributes to a reduction in each student's test anxiety score. The Transactional Ability Inventory (TAI), a quickly scored test that categorizes students into one of four learning styles, and the Test Anxiety Scale (TAS) were administered to 46 students at the beginning of the 1992 spring quarter. On the basis of the TAI students were placed into activity groups so that at least two learning styles were represented in each group. At the end of the quarter the TAI, the TAS, and a questionnaire were completed by students. Even though differences in the pre- and post-test scores were not significant, most students agreed with the results of the TAI and had favorable comments regarding working in groups. Statistical analysis of the TAS indicated that grouping students with someone who perceived and processed materials in a different way was very beneficial in reducing test anxiety. A copy of the learning styles questionnaire is appended. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Diversity (Student); Gregorc Style Delineator; Sarason Test Anxiety Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Summer Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (Racine, WI, August 5, 1992).