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Vark preferred learning styles and online education

William A. Drago (College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin‐Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190, USA)
Richard J. Wagner (College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin‐Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190, USA)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Abstract

It has become evident that students have diverse preferred learning styles and effective instructors must design and deliver courses to meet the needs of those students. This study investigates the four physiological learning styles of visual, aural, read‐write and kinesthetic as they apply to online education. Findings suggest that online students are more likely to have stronger visual and read‐write learning styles. Further, read‐write learners and students that were strong across all four learning styles were likely to evaluate course effectiveness lower than other students while aural/readwrite learners and students that were not strong on any learning style were more likely to evaluate course effectiveness higher than other students.

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Drago, W.A. and Wagner, R.J. (2004), "Vark preferred learning styles and online education", Management Research News, Vol. 27 No. 7, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/01409170410784211

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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