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Students’ learning styles compared with their teachers’ learning styles in upper secondary school – a mismatched combination.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9182-6403
2011 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 2, no 3, 475-495 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The background to this study is the large number of students who fail to finish upper secondary school with passing grades. The overall aim of this study was to examine one parameter in the didactic interaction between teachers and students, namely the differences and similarities in learning styles. This study compares therefore teachers' and students´ learning styles profiles at the two major orientations in upper secondary school. The study involved 53 secondary school teachers and 101 high school students randomly selected. The learning styles assessment PEPS was used to identify 20 different traits. Three groups were compared and analyzed by using F-test and analysis of variance, ANOVA. The statistical analysis showed that the teachers have a greater need for light and temperature, are more motivated, more confirmative, have less need for structure and authority and are more alert in the morning and less in the afternoon compared with the students. The two student groups showed no statistically significant differences between them. The results are of value for people involved in the planning of teacher education, practicing teachers and students themselves. The results indicate the need for expanded educational strategies and an in-depth didactic discussion of the practical activities.

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Umeå: Umeå School of Education, Umeå University , 2011. Vol. 2, no 3, 475-495 p.
Keyword [en]
Learning styles, teaching styles, Dunn & Dunn learning Styles Model, upper secondary school
Keyword [sv]
lärstilar, undervisningsstilar Dunns lärstilsmodell, gymnasiet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14648OAI: diva2:451920
Available from: 2011-10-27 Created: 2011-10-27 Last updated: 2016-10-27Bibliographically approved

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