Document Type

Conference Paper

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This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

*pedagogy

Publication Details

SITE: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, 15th Conference, March 2004.

Abstract

The controversy over learning style (the unique way of thinking and reasoning that characterizes an individual learner) as to whether or not it is a stable cognitive factor is one which has raged on for a number of years, and has been reinvigorated recently with the advent of easy-to-use courseware development tools and the consequent development of virtual learning environments. This paper surveys a number of different learning styles models and it concludes there is a large degree of commonality between the different theories, which allows us to distill key or core learning style characteristics which point the way to a number of styles of teaching which should be addressed in every learning environment. A model of this core set of dimensions is presented which unifies the various learner styles presented by others.

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