ERIC Number: EJ843574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Relationships between Learning Styles and Online Learning
Santo, Susan A.
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v19 n3 p73-88 Sep 2006
This paper examines research on learning styles as related to online learning for adult learners. There is much disagreement regarding the definition of learning style. This paper defines it as an individual's preferred way of learning. The focus is on the extent to which learning styles are able to predict student success (e.g., grades, attitudes). The paper discusses nine different instruments that were used in various studies. Curry's model, which uses the metaphor of the layers of an onion, is used to categorize the instruments by theme for the sake of comparison. Criticisms of learning style research include: the vagueness of the construct "learning style"; the fact that the instruments are self-assessments; mixed results from research that searched for a relationship with online learning; and the difficulty of comparing different studies when online learning can include many different methods and technologies. Finally, I reach a conclusion regarding the suitability of studying the relationship of learning styles and success in online courses.
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Figurative Language, Online Courses, Adult Learning, College Students, Academic Achievement, Models, Educational Research, Interaction, Student Attitudes, Individual Differences, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada