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ERIC Number: ED255045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Integration of Modalities: Research and Instructional Implications.
Shrum, Judith L.
A study of learner modality in second language learning conducted at a small, private liberal arts university had as subjects 20 freshmen in a second-semester Spanish course. The students' modality strength (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or mixed) was correlated with Scholastic Aptitude Test measures, grades, and gender. The findings support previous research studies showing that modalities become integrated as students mature, and also suggest a possible role played by memory strategies, especially chunking, when modalities are measured by the Swassing-Barbe Modality Index (SBMI) among college-age subjects. It is suggested that: (1) teachers consider use of the SBMI for diagnostic purposes when students have difficulty learning, and (2) the mismatch between the teacher's preferred mode of presentation and the students' preferred mode of learning be lessened by reteaching in a different mode and by varying the mode used from day to day. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A