The association between learning styles and preferred teaching styles

International Employment Relations Association
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Conference Proceeding
IERA 2009 17th Annual Conference: Book of Proceedings, 2009, pp. 108 - 125
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Although the hypothesised constructs of learning styles and teaching styles have been studied separately, the association between the two has not yet been identified. The study used survey responses from 272 undergraduate students' preferences to identify the links between student self ratings of their learning styles and their preferences for teaching style. Results indicate that learners with a dominant reflector style are influenced by their perceptions of the teaching style of the teacher or lecturer. Implications for this result are targeted at lecturers, teachers and other educators. This is the first empirical study to identify a relationship between the popular yet criticised learning styles and teaching style preferences.
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