Towards the Creation of a New Framework for Effective Use of Student Learning Style Instruments

By Elaine Maher.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper forms the basis of a research study for an Ed.D thesis. The research study will first develop a taxonomy of English-language student learning styles and preferences (LS/LP) instruments to create an initial classification of the field of LS/LP in higher education (HE). From that taxonomy and the accompanying literature base a typology of the instruments, accounting for their theoretical bases and intended functions, will be developed. Together, they will create a new framework. The work will be conducted via an in-depth analysis of the literature and examination of the instruments and their documentation (via a qualitative systematic evaluation and review of the relevant LS/LP literature and instruments). The framework will then be empirically evaluated. The first section of this paper will outline a sample of the core literature in the field and key themes emerging therein in order to set the scene for the emerging research problem. The overall argument being that there is currently a lack of a useful framework to guide users in the appropriate selection and use of a range of LS/LP instruments.

Keywords: Learning Style, Instruments, New Framework, Higher Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp.49-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 543.291KB).

Elaine Maher

Lecturer in Computing, School of Computing, National College of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Elaine Maher was educated at National College of Ireland, Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, and Staffordshire University, UK. She is currently pursuing doctoral research in the University of Sheffield, UK, in the area of Higher Education. Currently, a Computing Lecturer at the National College of Ireland, Dublin, she has taught a wide range of Informatics courses and also holds responsibility as Programme Director. She has been involved in the supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate projects in the areas of software systems, business information systems and e-learning. Her areas of research specialization are Learning Styles, digital educational repositories, and IT as applied to education.

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