ERIC Number: EJ1098526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Styles and Style-Stretching: How Are They Related to Successful Learning?
Griffiths, Carol; Inceçay, Görsev
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v45 n3 p599-613 Jun 2016
Although the learning style construct has aroused much interest over the years, questions remain regarding basic issues such as definition, the validity and/or reliability of various measurement instruments, and the relationship between learning style and successful learning. Furthermore, although maintaining stylistic flexibility is recommended by many authors, few studies have attempted to relate the style-stretching concept to successful learning. This study therefore attempted to address these questions. According to results, conducted among 106 Turkish university students, using an original instrument constructed using elements from established questionnaires, a small group of styles was significantly correlated with exam results, accounting for about a quarter of the variance (considered a large effect size in social science). In addition, higher-scoring students reported a more eclectic range of styles, suggesting more willingness to style-stretch, while lower-scoring students reported a more limited range. Pedagogical implications as well as areas for ongoing research are suggested.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Style, Learning Processes, College Students, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Correlation, Test Results, Scores, Effect Size, Preferences, Ambiguity (Context)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey