ERIC Number: ED428057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-27
Enriching Teaching Scholarship through Learning Styles.
Lewthwaite, Barbara-Jayne; Dunham, Heather Pfleger
This paper discusses the importance of considering individual learning styles when teaching college students. Today's college students represent a broad spectrum in terms of age, experience, culture, ethnicity, and level of preparedness, and it is a challenge for instructors to meet the needs of all students. There are five strands that affect learning (environmental, emotional, sociological, physiological, and processing styles). A review of research on learning styles suggests that there are significant gains over time and at all school levels when teaching focuses on individual learning styles. Contract Activity Packages (CAPs) are an innovative strategy that can address the different needs of today's students, providing flexibility that allows students and faculty to further explore their own interests while capitalizing on their learning style strengths. This paper describes what workshop session participants will be expected to understand (awareness of learning styles as a concept, ability to question the construction of their current syllabi, ability to gain new ideas regarding addressing students' diverse needs, and ability to obtain information on the specific benefits of CAPs). Methods for accomplishing the goals include a visual display with parts of a CAP illustrated, actual examples and hands-on examination of CAPs, manipulatives that reinforce various possibilities for successfully using CAPs, and reference materials on learning style research. (Contains 9 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Washington, DC, February 24-27, 1999).