ERIC Number: EJ1063397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Using Learning Style Instruments to Enhance Student Learning
Hawk, Thomas F.; Shah, Amit J.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v5 n1 p1-19 Jan 2007
The emergence of numerous learning style models over the past 25 years has brought increasing attention to the idea that students learn in diverse ways and that one approach to teaching does not work for every student or even most students. We have reviewed five learning style instruments (the Kolb Learning Style Indicator, the Gregorc Style Delineator, the Felder-Silverman Index of Learning Styles, the VARK Questionnaire, and the Dunn and Dunn Productivity Environmental Preference Survey) in this article in order to describe the learning style modes or dimensions measured in the instruments; find the common measures and the differences; report on research on instrument validity, reliability, and possible improvement in student performance; suggest classroom activities that work with the different student learning styles; and recommend selection of models under several conditions. We also review one additional learning style instrument, the Revised Approaches to Studying Inventory, as a complementary approach to using one or more of the first five learning style instruments.
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Learning Strategies, Learning Motivation, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Questionnaires, Measures (Individuals), Evaluation Research, Preferences, Surveys, Scoring Rubrics, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Class Activities, Best Practices, Educational Change, Instructional Effectiveness
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gregorc Style Delineator; Learning Style Inventory; Approaches to Studying Inventory