Learning Styles and Strategies: Assessment, Performance and Effectiveness


Noah Preston (Editor)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU051000

The concept of learning style may include more than 70 different models with conflicting assumptions about learning and with different designs and starting points (Coffield et al.,2004). There are many different theories and models of learning styles with varying dimensions and variables (Evans & Graff, 2008). They focus on different aspects of cognitive processes, skills, sensory modalities, the process of learning, and thinking styles. Theories of learning styles assume that anyone can learn, albeit in different ways and on different levels. In this book, Chapter One sets out to explore research and outcomes into learning styles, which refer to the broadest range of preferred modes and environment for learning. Chapter Two identifies, describes, and examines the need for structure among teachers and students, as well as to understand students’ perceptions of this need. Chapter Three analyses the way students explain their academic results, by ordering six factors (effort, luck, knowledge bases or previous necessary knowledge, abilities, studying methods, and teacher) according to their degree of importance. Chapter Four combines knowledge from pedagogy and recommendation systems, and analyzes how combining four different learning style models (cognitive styles, epistemic styles, hemispheric styles, and perceiving styles) influences the choosing of preferred types of multimedia materials. Chapter Five investigates whether learning using clicker technology with learning styles encourages academic performance and increases pass rate in mathematics. Chapter Six reanalyzes previous research on learning styles in the Scandinavian context in relation to international research. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Learning Styles: Assessment, Performance and Effectiveness
Krishnamurthy Sreedhar Murthy (Department of Medical Education and Breast Surgery, University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Southmoor Road, Manchester, Manchester UK)

Chapter 2. Students’ Need for Structure: The Forgotten Learning Styles Preference
Lena Boström and Ulrika Gidlund (Department of Education, Mid Sweden University, Sweden)

Chapter 3. Causal Attributions and Academic Achievement among High School Students
Margarida Pocinho (Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal)

Chapter 4. Combining Learning Style Models and Alleviating the New User Problem in Learning Recommender Systems
Uroš Ocepek, Jože Rugelj, Irena Nanèovska Šerbec and Zoran Bosniæ (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, Slovenia, and others)

Chapter 5. Clicker Technology with Learning Styles in Assessment for Learning to Encourage Academic Performance and Increase Pass Rate in Mathematics
Sibongile Simelane-Mnisi and Andile Mji (Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa)

Chapter 6. Learning Styles Educational Research in the Scandinavian Contexts: Does It Really Matter?
Lena Boström (Department of Education, Mid Sweden University, Universitetsbacken, HÄRNÖSAND, Sweden)


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