ERIC Number: ED415974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Is There a Difference in Learning Style among Cultures?
Each child has a personal learning style that results from innate tendencies and environmental experiences. Because cultural groups often share common values, the experiences of children growing up with those values are reflected in their classroom learning behaviors. This paper discusses cultural differences in children's learning styles. The first part of the paper discusses research on the elements of learning style in general and the Onion Model framework of different learning style theories. The theory of multiple intelligences is considered, field dependent and field independent learning styles are reviewed, and the idea of left brain and right brain dominance is discussed. The second part of the paper examines learning styles particular to African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, and European-American cultures, and reviews research pertaining to differences across cultures. Finally, the paper discusses results of a questionnaire on learning styles that was distributed to 19 elementary school teachers. Responses showed that teachers disagreed about whether culture affects learning style or whether differences in learning style are based on individual differences. The paper concludes with some general characteristics particular to certain cultures noted by the teachers. (Contains 15 references.) (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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