ERIC Number: ED284841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Preservice and Experienced Teachers' Ability To Diagnose Students' Learning Styles.
Pettigrew, Frank; Buell, Cathy
This study examined experienced and preservice teachers' abilities to diagnose student learning style preferences. The subjects were 15 pairs of physical education cooperating teachers and their student teachers and 5 randomly selected students from each school site. To determine student learning styles, students completed the Canfield Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) and corresponding teachers and student teachers completed the Canfield Learning Styles Profile Assessment for each of their five students. The relationship between preservice/experienced teachers' perceived scores and the students' actual learning style scores was analyzed by the Pearson-Product Moment Correlation technique. Results indicated that a wide variety of learning styles existed among the students and that neither experienced nor preservice teachers could accurately diagnose their students' learning styles. It is concluded that, if teachers are going to make informed decisions about the teaching process, they need to know the learning styles of their students. Information about learning styles should be included in the teacher education curriculum. A brief description of the LSI categories and scales is included. (Author/CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Las Vegas, NV, April 13-17, 1987).