ERIC Number: ED272494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Improving College Teaching through Adapting Learning Styles Theory into Practice.
Learning styles theory on how people learn has been known for at least 25 years. Yet, for the most part, college teachers still dispense information in the traditional lecture/exam method without regard for the differing learning styles of their students. This study, conducted at North Central Technical College in Mansfield, Ohio, demonstrates the feasibility of adapting learning styles theory to college students' learning preferences. A simplified version of McCarthy's 4MAT system was implemented in two General Studies courses. Results demonstrated significant improvement in student attitudes after their experience with the 4MAT model. Conclusions support the effectiveness of teaching to learning styles at the college level, in terms of improved student attitudes and performance, and increased teacher satisfaction and effectiveness in the classroom. Recommendations include institution-wide training in and support for teaching methods which accommodate differing learning styles of students. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (21st, St. Louis, MO, February 13-15, 1986).