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Publication date: 1 July 2004

William A. Drago and Richard J. Wagner

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…

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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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Management Research News, vol. 27 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0140-9174

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Publication date: 1 February 1990

Ronald R. Sims

The importance of adapting training styles and methods to trainees′learning styles is discussed. Such an approach should provide a basisfor training strategies which can…

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The importance of adapting training styles and methods to trainees′ learning styles is discussed. Such an approach should provide a basis for training strategies which can help trainers improve the performance of an organisation′s training programmes.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 14 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Publication date: 30 January 2009

S.M. Syed‐Khuzzan and J.S. Goulding

The purpose of this paper is to present a conceptual model for a PLE prototype, specifically incorporating learning styles for the UK construction industry.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a conceptual model for a PLE prototype, specifically incorporating learning styles for the UK construction industry.

Design/methodology/approach

The initial research methodology approach adopted for this paper embraced the distillation of core research material gathered from a detailed literature review. The literature review encompassed the needs and importance of developing a PLE prototype, and used as a context learning styles for the UK construction industry. A qualitative approach was used in this research, as this was considered more suitable for studying social and cultural phenomena. This paper explores the relationship between pedagogy and technology in the context of the design and implementation of a PLE. The implementation framework for the PLE adopted the principles of the “Collaborative System Design” approach as identified by the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative Guidelines.

Findings

This paper describes the development phases of the PLE prototype incorporating learning styles. This prototype incorporates a learning style inventory – known as the diagnostic questionnaire which was developed based on the amalgamation of three existing models of learning styles defined from a detailed synthesis of the literature – namely the Kolb's model of learning styles, Honey and Mumford's model of learning styles and the Felder and Solomon's model of learning styles.

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This paper is a very useful source in developing a learning style inventory and a PLE prototype incorporating learning styles.

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 41 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Publication date: 1 December 2000

James Poon Teng Fatt

Aims to understand a group learning style so that teachers can best adapt their teaching style and materials to suit the students. Defines learning styles and briefly…

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Aims to understand a group learning style so that teachers can best adapt their teaching style and materials to suit the students. Defines learning styles and briefly covers previous findings in this area. Looks at different types of thinking before covering how to assess learning styles using a questionnaire. Provides some implications for educators and looks at the design of assignments which can be tailored in different ways depending upon the findings.

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International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 20 no. 11/12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-333X

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Publication date: 1 September 1993

James Poon Teng Fatt

Today, learning styles have gained awareness in managerial circles.To trainers, a knowledge of learning styles can help to structure theirprogrammes and teaching methods…

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Today, learning styles have gained awareness in managerial circles. To trainers, a knowledge of learning styles can help to structure their programmes and teaching methods to maximize learning. Focuses on the learning styles of learners. The aim is to understand from the heterogeneous mix of learners′ learning styles the group learning style so that trainers can best adapt their teaching style and materials to suit the learners′ group learning style. A discussion of the learning style inventory, learning styles, teaching style, and course design, follows.

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 25 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Publication date: 1 October 2006

Alina Zapalska and Dallas Brozik

The purpose of this paper is to recognize that individual learning styles must be taken into account in the instructional design template used in online education. The…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to recognize that individual learning styles must be taken into account in the instructional design template used in online education. The paper argues that when students' learning styles are identified, it is possible to define an appropriate context of learning.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper identifies a set of instructional principles for online learning environments that are derived from multiple theories of learning with a consideration of different learning styles. The VARK questionnaire was used to determine learning styles of students who participated in two online courses. The VARK instrument identifies four distinct learning styles: visual (V); aural (A); reading/writing (R) and kinesthetic (K). These four dimensions are used to analyze the appropriateness of online learning structures.

Findings

The paper identifies teaching strategies in online courses while recognizing the four learning styles. The paper concludes that the achievement of online learning can be improved by providing instruction in a manner consistent with each student's learning style. However, it is important to keep in mind that, even if a specific student learns best in a certain way, he or she should be exposed to a variety of learning experiences to become a more versatile online learner.

Originality/value

The new result indicates that students with the auditory learning preference do not select online education as their first choice for learning. The combination of different techniques can make it possible for students with all types of learning styles to be successful in an online course.

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Campus-Wide Information Systems, vol. 23 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-0741

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Publication date: 1 November 2001

Yvette James‐Gordon and Jay Bal

An investigation was conducted in the design department of a medium‐sized automotive company to establish engineers’ preferred learning styles. This was achieved by using…

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An investigation was conducted in the design department of a medium‐sized automotive company to establish engineers’ preferred learning styles. This was achieved by using two proven questionnaires followed by statistical analysis methods. The evidence showed that the engineers investigated have a significant visual learning style preference. This means that their learning is more effective by using diagrams, sketches, photographs, schematics, flow charts, pictures, videos, computer graphics, and demonstrations in training programmes and in their everyday working environment. The present computer‐aided design (CAD) training in the company does incorporate some of these visual techniques and so does satisfy the engineers’ visual learning style preference. Evidence also suggested that there is not a need to have different training and learning methods for design engineers and for managerial engineers such as project engineers and team leaders.

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 13 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Publication date: 1 February 2003

Dan Hallock, David Satava and Terese LeSage

Researchers have made significant progress in understanding human cognitive learning styles, which refer typically to a single capability or preference that possibly…

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Researchers have made significant progress in understanding human cognitive learning styles, which refer typically to a single capability or preference that possibly enhances learning in some situations and in others hinders learning. Sums up further research should be encouraged to identify the students to become more successful in online courses in the future.

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Management Research News, vol. 26 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0140-9174

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Publication date: 1 February 2002

Kim Buch and Susan Bartley

An exploratory study investigated the relationship between learning style and preference for training delivery mode. It was expected that learning style would influence…

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An exploratory study investigated the relationship between learning style and preference for training delivery mode. It was expected that learning style would influence learners’ preference for receiving training through classroom‐, computer‐, TV‐, print‐, or audio‐based delivery modes. A total of 165 employees from a large US financial institution completed the Kolb Learning Style Instrument and a survey measuring training delivery mode preference. Results found support for the expected relationship between the two, with convergers showing a stronger preference for computer‐based delivery and assimilators showing a stronger preference for print‐based delivery. However, results also revealed an overall preference for classroom‐based delivery for adults in the study, regardless of their learning style. Implications of these results for training design and delivery are discussed.

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Book part
Publication date: 16 August 2021

Bella L. Galperin and Betty Jane Punnett

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the design of culturally appropriate training and development (T&D) strategies for enhancing the performance of employees and…

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The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the design of culturally appropriate training and development (T&D) strategies for enhancing the performance of employees and organizations, using a learning style approach. We provide an example of African countries and use the results of a review of studies on African cultural values and management to discuss learning styles and T&D. The underlying premise is that T&D strategies are only effective when they are designed to fit with the cultural context. Based on Experiential Learning Theory (ELT, Kolb, 1984; 2014), the chapter reviews the Kolb (1984, 2014) learning model as a basis for designing T&D programs and applies this model using the African results. Given the limited number of studies on Kolb's learning styles cross-culturally, we suggest avenues for further research.

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Intercultural Management in Practice
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83982-827-0

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