Anderson, Susan R.
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Department of Educational Studies
Learning styles as a foundation of instructional activities
Education theory and practice: Caribbean perspectives
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Department of Educational Studies, University of the West Indies
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Everyone has strangths, but different people have different strengths. Students can be encouraged to capitalise on their learning style strengths. Teachers can definitely benefit from the use of learning styles as a foundation of their instructional activities. No published work has reported the teachers' perspectives on administering learning style inventory to their students and the purpose of the resultant findings on the local scene. The voices of those who must carry out the dictates of the system should be listened to. The study reported here aimed to determine the level of acceptance for Learning Styles as an assistive device in aiding teachers' instructions and in fostering / encouraging individual students to draw on their strengths, thereby minimising their weaknesses. The sample consisted of 143 undergraaduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Psychology level three course in the Faculty of Arts and Education, on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). Most students are in the matured age group of 30 to 50 years. Responses on the open-ended questionnaire were analysed by coding responses. There was evidence of moderate to high levels of support for the use of learning style inventories, especially, according to students, where the findings lead to greater awareness of students' preferred mode of learning and the desire of teachers to plan instructional activities using information from the inventory, thereby leading to improved student involvement and achievement, Recommendations are made regarding student development and better classroom interaction.....