ERIC Number: ED374751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Learning Style Differences between Developmental Studies and Academic Core College Students: Implications for Teaching.
Lee, Yung-bin Benjamin; Meyer, Martha J.
This study examined characteristics of passive and active learners among college students enrolled in remedial classes and students enrolled in regular academic classes. Active learners are typically analytical, focused on task, tolerant of new ideas, curious, adept at processing information, able to develop other ways to solve a problem, self-motivated, responsible for their own successes and failures, less affected by others' values, and have broad interests. The 193 students in the two groups attended a regional southern university. Students with low entrance examination scores had been placed in remedial developmental studies programs. Students in regular academic programs were education majors taking introductory classes. All students responded to the 32-item Passive Active Learning Scale (PALS) developed to measure learning characteristics of students. Results indicated that the developmental studies students had a more passive learning style than their peers in the regular academic program. In addition, females had more passive learning characteristics than males. The findings have significant implications for teaching across many levels. (Contains 16 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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