ERIC Number: EJ734402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
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Perceptual Learning Style and Learning Proficiency: A Test of the Hypothesis
Kratzig, Gregory P.; Arbuthnott, Katherine D.
Journal of Educational Psychology, v98 n1 p238-246 Feb 2006
Given the potential importance of using modality preference with instruction, the authors tested whether learning style preference correlated with memory performance in each of 3 sensory modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. In Study 1, participants completed objective measures of pictorial, auditory, and tactile learning and learning style self-assessments. The results indicate that objective test performance did not correlate with learning style preference. In Study 2, the authors examined in more detail the information participants used to answer the learning style self-assessment. The findings indicate that participants answered the inventory using general memories and beliefs rather than specific examples of learning in different modalities. These results challenge the hypothesis that individuals learn best with material presented in a particular sensory modality.
Descriptors: Visual Perception, Auditory Perception, Hypothesis Testing, Cognitive Style, Memory, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Correlation, Kinesthetic Perception
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