ERIC Number: ED394929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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Comparing Community College Students' Learning Styles in General and Advanced Biology Classes.
Price, Elsa C.
This paper reports on an investigation into individual differences and group differences in learning styles, test anxiety levels, task performance, and students' attitudes regarding cooperative learning in beginning and advanced biology classes. The Transactional Analysis Inventory (TAI) and Test Anxiety Scale (TAS) were administered to two groups of general biology students and two groups of advanced biology students at a southeast Alabama community college. On the basis of the TAI, students who knew their TAI results were placed into activity groups so that at least two learning styles were represented in each group. At the end of the quarter, students again completed the TAI and the TAS, in addition to the Learning Styles Questionnaire; pre- and post-test scores and beginning versus advanced test scores were compared. Although both students and teachers felt that cooperative learning groups helped to reduce their test anxiety, no significant differences were found between the pre- and post-test TAS scores. Correlations were noted between learning styles and grades with concrete or hands-on learners having the highest grades in both class groups. Findings indicate that group activities not only prevented students from working in isolation, but also helped reduce shyness and increased social skills, team spirit, and a sense of belonging. The learning styles questionnaire is appended. (Contains 19 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (74th, Atlanta, GA, February 12-16, 1994).