Using Kolb’s Learning Styles Inventory to Identify Learning Styles in Different Learning Environments.
*Mentee participated with me in the CEITR Dissertation to Publication Workshop (Summer 2017;*Liz Johnston, Editor).
This study was an investigation of Kolb’s experiential learning model and learning styles (LS) in adult students of online, classroom, and combination learning environments. Previous research utilizing Kolb’s Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) produced results that were often contradictory to expectations based on Kolb’s model. Many of these studies were limited in sample sizes or to particular participant education or career fields. A convenience sample of adult learners (N = 180) were divided into the 3 learning groups and administered the LSI-3 online. The research questions explored the relationship between learning styles and demographics and sought to identify differences in LS between the learning groups. Results suggested that LS may be related to age in online learners and to grade level in classroom learners, supporting earlier research suggesting that LS change as students progress in their respective academic programs. No relationship between any demographic and LS was identified in the combination group, nor was there any significant difference in LS between learning groups. The divergent learning style was predominant in all groups. The results of this study may contribute to knowledge of learning styles and used to develop more effective learning environments, as well as identifying areas in need of future research.
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