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ERIC Number: ED522960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 172
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-7438-3
Learning Style Preferences of Adult Students Enrolled in Career Technical Education Programs
Standridge, Gloria A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University, San Diego
The Problem: The problem to be addressed by this study is the abundance of low-performing American schools that do not sufficiently prepare students with the updated vocational skills and higher order knowledge skills required to compete in the global economy. Method: A qualitative study was used as a survey approach to determine the differences of learning style preferences of adult learners in the Career Technical Education/Regional Occupational Program (CTE/ROP). The research targeted a sample population of students (6 males and 25 females) in a medical terminology classroom who enrolled in the CTE/ROP. A 20-item PLSPS was administered as well as supplemental/open-ended questions and structured questions for face-to-face interviews. Two research questions were posed to determine the extent of learning style preferences in the CTE/ROP and the teacher's method of teaching to match students' learning style preferences. Results: The ranking of the PLSPS among adult students was the following: (1) kinesthetic, (2) visual, (3) auditory, and (4) tactile. Research question 1 revealed that the adult students at the CTE/ROP Career Center preferred a variety of learning styles. Research question 2 revealed that the teacher was able to motivate students by being relevant, making the learning process enjoyable, and incorporating technology. Written responses from the three open-ended questions and interviews revealed respondents preferred visual and tactile learning preferences in their present classroom setting. Respondents agreed that his or her learning style was a good foundation for successful completion of the medical terminology course and future courses. The respondents believed their learning style would prepare them for work in the medical field and agreed to the outcome of his or her survey. From the interview, all of the interviewees stated that the teacher used a variety of ways to accommodate learning. There was a preference for a combination of learning styles outside the classroom; however, visual and kinesthetic were the dominant learning preferences. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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