Reliability and Validity of the Online Assessment of Learning Potential Using the Individual Learning Profile Questionnaire

By Deborah A. Stevens-Smith.

Published by The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation

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The purpose of this paper is to determine the reliability and validity of the on-line assessment of learning potential using the Individual Learning Profile (ILP) questionnaire for adults and children over the age of 12. The purpose of the web-based version of the full ILP analysis is to discover each student’s natural learning style, by identifying the dominant eye, ear, hand, foot and brain hemisphere. This new information is used to create learning environments that will stimulate, motivate and engage students. The ILP identifies the optimal teaching styles that match the dominant learning style of one student, a group, or an entire class. The ILP instrument for adults and children over the age of 12 was administered to 143 college level education majors in the USA. Each student completed the 20-question dominant brain hemisphere instrument twice during the semester, approximately 4 weeks apart. This study used descriptive statistics that were analyzed using SPSS 21.0 using Cronbach’s alpha. The results of this study indicate that the ILP questionnaire is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring brain dominance in the population studied. The validity was evidenced in the form of face, content and criterion validity.

Keywords: Hemispheric Dominance, Learning Styles, Preferences

International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 12, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 744.791KB)).

Dr. Deborah A. Stevens-Smith

Professor, Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Deborah Smith graduated from the University of Tennesse at Knoxville with a Master's degree in motor behavior and an Ed.D. in physical education/pedagogy. Primary teaching responsibilities include teaching elementary physical education methods & CPR to education majors at Clemson University for over 22 years. Working with elementary and early childhood education majors has focused most of my research in the area of educational practices and enhancement of learning in the classroom. Research interests include integrated learning techniques, learning styles, dominance profiles and application in the educational setting to enhance learning.