ERIC Number: ED466696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-14
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A Critical Review of the Literature on Kolb's Learning Style Inventory with Implications for Score Reliability.
Hwang, Dae-Yeop; Henson, Robin K.
The Learning Style Inventory (LSI; Kolb, 1976; 1985 ) is a commonly used measure of learning styles based on Kolbs Experiential Learning Model. The psychometric soundness of LSI scores has been critiqued historically. This study reviewed the literature on the LSI and evaluated the psychometric properties of Kolbs original and revised versions of the LSI. Researchers identified 110 articles that used the LSI. Fifty-nine articles made no mention of reliability, and slightly fewer than a third of these reported reliability for the obtained scores appropriately. Findings indicate that continued use of the LSI should be considered questionable. Reliabilities can vary as researchers administer the instrument across different settings. Thus reliability generalization may be warranted to examine score reliability meta-analytically across studies. Based on the work of L. Vacha-Haase, this study discusses the possibility of examining the variance of measurement error across studies as part of the literature review. (Contains 2 tables and 68 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Learning Style Inventory