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ERIC Number: ED287415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 22
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Application of Learning Style Theory to Nursing Education and Nursing Practice.
Underwood, Sandra Millon
A structure is proposed by which nurse educators may unravel the contradictions in learning style research and see more clearly the importance of learning style theory and its applications to nursing education and nursing practice. The application of learning style theory most evident in the nursing literature appears to encompass four major dimensions: (1) learner preference, (2) learner response style, (3) information processing, and (4) cognitive style. Utilizing these theoretical notions in educational settings has been shown to lead to greater achievement of educational goals. It has also been demonstrated to have a significant impact on the attainment of professional outcomes in practice settings including the field of nursing. However, many nurse educators note major contradictions in the learning style research disseminated in professional journals and question its validity for nursing practice. This confusion appears to have resulted from the failure of nurse educators and nurse researchers to recognize the multidimensional nature of learning style research and the conceptual framework from which each dimension evolves. It is proposed that research is needed to examine the degree of redundancy between conceptual dimensions defined within various learning style models. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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