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ERIC Number: ED314226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 13
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Perceptual Learning Style Differences among Mexican American High School and University Students.
Schaiper, Len; Flores, Jayni
Research on learning styles of Mexican Americans has focused on the cognitive processes and cultural variables affecting cognitive style rather than on perceptual learning style. This study is the first attempt in the assessment of seven perceptual learning style orientations among an exclusive Mexican American population. Using the Multi-Modal Paired Associates Learning Test-II and the Perceptual Modality Preference Survey, 10 high school students and 7 university students were tested in the following perceptual modalities: (1) print; (2) aural; (3) interactive; (4) visual; (5) haptic; (6) kinesthetic, and (7) olfactory. The study determined the nature of individual differences in learning and made subjects more aware of their overall perceptual learning style, their perceptual learning style preferences, and their actual strengths. The interactive learning style was the dominant (first or second) preference of 12 of the 17 subjects; visual ranked second, print third, aural fourth, and haptic fifth. A comparison of group data with previous studies showed that the visual modality was the most prevalent actual strength. Recommendations for further research include retesting this sample in 10 years to determine changes in learning style preferences; testing a wider sample of adults; examining the effects of cultural variables on perceptual style strengths; determining if instruction through perceptual strengths improves student achievement; and testing of educators to enable them to learn more about their own perceptual learning styles. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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