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ERIC Number: ED116016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 32
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An Exploratory Study of Adult Learning Styles.
Elliott, Paul H.
The exploratory study focused on the existence, variability, and effectiveness of adult learning styles among participants receiving computer-based instruction in the metric system. A pretest was administered to 75 adults not currently involved in formal educational programs, and 40 participants were selected whose pretest indicated no knowledge or limited knowledge of the metric system. The learning experience was presented by the Plato 4 computer system, which recorded each participant's learner trail (record of moves) and the corresponding time data. A posttest was administered after participants' decision to end the learning; the posttest was followed by an interview to determine learner reactions. The data strongly supported the idea of learning styles, as each participant had a particular way of moving through the lesson (sequencing, pacing, and distribution of moves), and it also was possible to cluster participants according to learning styles. No relationship was indicated between membership in a particular learning style cluster and level of prior knowledge, age, sex, educational level, or recency of education. Approximately one-fourth of the participants were aware of a conscious strategy or plan of study. The high scores on the posttest made it impossible to determine the relative effectiveness of various styles. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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